A companion story to Tomek's Story, in which Hannah tells the full tale of her adventures searching for the magical upside down river before and after she met Tomek.
Hannah has lost almost everything she ever loved, apart from one beautiful songbird. But the bird seems to be dying. So Hannah sets out on an incredible adventure to find the magical upside down River Qjar, whose waters can give her beloved bird eternal life. She journeys across deserts and over dizzyingly high mountains, lives an entire lifetime in the blink of an eye, braves the terrifying Forest of Oblivion, and is mistaken for a long-lost princess.
And along the way, Hannah meets Tomek, an ordinary boy who will follow her extraordinary quest...
A sequel to Tomek's Story, this modern classic is now available to read in English for the very first time.
Translated by Ros Schwartz.
Jean-Claude Mourlevat was born in Ambert, Auvergne in 1952 in a farming family. He studied in Strasbourg, Toulouse, Bonn and Paris, and worked as a German teacher in college before becoming an actor. He performed as the clown character Guedoulde in a show that toured France and internationally and has also staged works by Brecht, Cocteau and Shakespeare. Jean-Claude Mourlevat turned to writing for children in the late 1990s and has since published numerous books for young readers and won several awards including the Prix des Incorruptibles and the Sorcières Prix. In 2021 he was given the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He lives near Saint-Étienne, with his wife and their two children.