ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- In a land where war has waged interminably, and bad things have befallen most of the country, a monk illuminates the Chronicles of Sorrowing. One day he finds a bloodstained and battered girl curled up in the stables with the most evil goat in the world, Answelica, and he nurses her back to health. To his utter astonishment he learns that she can read and write - something forbidden to ordinary people, but most particularly to women. Beatryce has a destiny to fulfil, for she is the girl who will unseat a king and change the world. Together with an orphan boy Jack Dory, whose talent is light and speed, and Brother Edyk, and a wise beggar with a secret, she will in the end, be led to where she belongs, and find her way home... A lovely fable of a book, illustrated throughout by Sophie Blackall, with characters to believe in and the inner message that words and love do change the world. Ages 8-12 Lindy
Kate DiCamillo is one of America's most beloved storytellers, author of The Tale of Despereaux and Flora and Ulysses, both of which have been awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, USA, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week. Sophie Blackall has illustrated numerous books, including Deborah Noyes's Red Butterfly; Rukhsana Khan's Big Red Lollipop, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; and Annie Barrows's bestselling Ivy and Bean series. Sophie lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Absolutely extraordinary. Every time I read a Kate DiCamillo book I'm blown away! Little Beatryce stole my heart [...] It lifted me out of lockdown and reignited a childlike wonder in the power of stories (and love) to change the world. It's a beauty of a book. * Abi Elphinstone *