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The Clockwork Crow

By Catherine Fisher

Ages 9-12
 
Published 4 October 2018
 
£6.99 including free p&p order here
 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS 2019 
 
Selected as one of Wales Arts Review's Welsh Books for Young People - The Best of 2018
 
A magical middle grade story of snow and stars from a master storyteller. 
 
When Seren Rhys is given a newspaper parcel by a stranger late at night in an empty train station, she has no idea what trouble it contains. She is on her way to a new life at the remote house of Plas-y Fran, but when she gets there the happy family Christmas she had hoped for turns out to be an illusion. Because Tomos has been missing for a year and a day, and if the strange and dangerous Family have really taken him, who would be mad enough to try and get him back?
 
Armed with a talking bird who might not be telling the truth, a magical snow-globe and her own indomitable courage, Seren sets off on a journey into a midnight world of snow and stars, to an ice palace unlocked only by a Door of Blood and Tears.
 
The Clockwork Crow is a gripping Christmas tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales, from a master storyteller.
 
Praise for The Clockwork Crow:
 
‘Rich in evocative detail and multidimensional characters, this wintry enchantment is suspenseful, resonant of folk tales and perfect to curl up with in the cold.’ Nicolette Jones, Children’s Books of the Year, The Sunday Times
 
'Masterpiece for 7-11s … Catherine Fisher is an author of dazzling magical adventures… Like Joan Aiken and Evan Ibbotson before her, Fisher's crystalline prose shimmers with shivery magic that will entice even a reluctant reader.' Amanda Craig, New Statesman
 
'Magical, atmospheric - funny, this is a slice of Victorian creepiness and a seasonal treat' Sally Morris, Daily Mail
 
'Children of ten and older will find themselves pleasurably lost in this enchanting, candlelit delight.' Philip Womack, Literary Review
 
'Full of deep fairytale resonance, Fisher’s writing stands out in the mind’s eye like blood drops on snow.' Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
 
'A marvellous book, and a book of marvels, shivery with suspense, snow and sinister magic - the most seasonal treat since The Box of Delights.’ Amanda Craig
 
'a magical, mysterious slice of Victoriana' Eithne Farry, S magazine
 
'An atmospheric Victorian seasonal tale of magical events set amidst a secluded mansion in Wales… This is an engrossing adventure story. One to curl with on a cold, wintry night.' Carousel
 
'The Clockwork Crow is a perfectly pitched middle grade story that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Seren is a spunky, brave and determined heroine and this book is completely gripping from first page to last, poetic without being difficult to read. Catherine Fisher is a wonderfully accomplished writer. This is a highly recommended story.' BookTrust
 
'Beautifully written in prose that sparkles like the snow that provides its backdrop, this fantasy novel is practically perfect in every way.' 5 Stars – Books for Keeps Book of the Week
 
'The Clockwork Crow is a wholly satisfying read, a winter armchair book whose storytelling pleasures are multiplied by an awareness of the cold and darkness beyond the window, and the way the fabulous black-and-gold cover gleams in the firelight. Read it over Christmas, and don’t even think of saving it for the Spring.' Thomas Tyrrell, Wales Arts Review
 
'Seren, a young orphan is taken in by a mysterious family living in wildest Wales. A mysterious package, a lost boy and a magical snow globe lead Seren into an enchanted Winter wonderland where all is not what it appears. Children will especially delight in Seren's cheeky, talking mechanical bird as she continues on her quest to find a true home. The poetical text is spellbinding and a perfect story for Christmas. The Secret Garden meets Narnia.' Zoe James-Williams, South Wales Evening Post Book of the Week
 
‘This book is a lovely read…. intrigue, danger and mystery! Definitely an excellent read for those winter nights ahead!’ Waterstones Durham
 
'Catherine Fisher, a 'writer of rare talent', has produced a sparkling, snow-wrapped, ice-capped marvel. Beautifully and skillfully crafted, inspired by folklore and featuring a cast of endearing characters. Totally magical and such a great read. Got to be one of THE books of 2018.' Family Book Worms
 
'A wonderful adventure story, The Clockwork Crow has mystery, magic and a marvellous heroine! … A page-turning narrative keeps you in suspense right till the end, with a few sinister and darkly magical moments that make you hold your breath. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the characters featured in it – especially Seren’s cantankerous companion! The Clockwork Crow is well-deserving of it’s recent short listing for the Blue Peter Book Award and a great new fantasy story to add to your bookshelf.’ The Book Activist
 
'I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get lost in a world of magic, mystery, and adventure. Go to Plas-y-Fran. I promise you will not be disappointed. 6 stars!' Roachie's Reviews
 
'A spellbinding tale glistening with magic and mystery that completely enchanted me.' Booklover Jo
 
'A novel filled with atmosphere and charm, The Clockwork Crow will leave you spellbound.' Emma Perry, My Book Corner
 
'An endearing and heartwarming story with gothic overtones, this is a gem of a book for readers to get wrapped up in during winter time.' Books for Topics
 
'Beautifully crafted and sensitively written it is intriguing and exciting. It chills with its tale of snowy winter, both in landscape and atmosphere, whilst simultaneously warming with deep charm and inventive humour.' Magic Fiction Since Potter
 
'Buy this early, because you're going to want to read it a couple of times yourself before wrapping it – once very quickly, to find out what happens next, and then more slowly, to savour the prose, the tension, the winter descriptions, the world-building.' Sheenagh Pugh
 
'Incredible world-building, lyrical writing style and unusual, intriguing plot; this is a seasonal story that can't be missed.' Fallen Star Stories