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Meet Lilly Mae - a feisty little girl who lives on a cloud and changes the weather according to her moods.
Fourteen-year-old Eshna has always known she is different – she can hold light in her hand and form pillars out of water – but it is not until her father is killed in a brutal mugging that she really begins to discover who she is and what she is capable of.
All alone in the world without anyone to turn to, and scared of what the authorities will do when they find out, Eshna escapes from the hospital where she is being treated and runs to a beach, miles from town ... which until night falls appears deserted. It’s then that she hears the voices in the darkness and sees the eerie shapes in the water that will change her destiny forever.
When morning dawns, Eshna is dragged into a new world, full of magic and intrigue; a world that needs saving. But is Eshna really the one they have been waiting for, and can she help?
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Punishment is a short tale of fairies, magic and matters of the other realm.
'A great grey cloud bled across the sky, emptying its contents onto the little harbour of Porthgain. A fierce wind whipped up, driving the rain harder into the earth. On the cliff top, a short walk from the village, a cluster of brick buildings crowned the headland. The storm raged, but the sea remained defiant; vast and flat and glassy-black it stretched away from the coast without a wave or ripple to break its perfection. Even the raindrops made no impression on its surface. Never had the mighty ocean been so still.
A small, wooden boat appeared, seemingly floating above the surface of the sea for it left no drag and the oars made no splash. Smoothly, silently the ghostly boat glided towards the shore and soon disappeared beneath the shadowy out-crop of the cliff. A moment later a spectre, dark even against the sable sky, fluttered onto the cliff top. And now there was another shape adorning the headland, looking out over the sea – a young man, one might even call him a boy.'
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With its quirky rhyme and beautiful illustrations, Lilly Mae is sure to charm parents and children alike.
Written in a tongue-twisting rhyme, each page is sure to raise a smile from readers of all ages.
'With children aged 2 and 11 months, I judge the books that I read to them on 2 levels. If my children sit still from start to finish then it means it is visually very good, and the imagery has held their attention sufficiently. If I sit still from start to finish, then it means it was written well enough for me not to skip pages and I've enjoyed reading it. When you get both of those things in the same book, then you know you've got a keeper. That's exactly what we discovered the first time we sat down to enjoy Lilly Mae; a collaborative effort from author Sarah Mahfoudh and illustrator Ruth Thorp.'
This magical fantasy novel for young adults is available on kindle and in print.
On a dark and stormy night in October, Jack writes a farewell note to his daughter and leaves his home for the very last time.