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The Velvet Fox

By Catherine Fisher

Ages 9-12
 
Publishing 3 October 2019
 
£6.99 including free p&p pre-order here
 
Sequel to the award-winning The Clockwork Crow
 
After rescuing Tomos from enchantment, orphan Seren Rhys is enjoying her first summer at Plas-y-Fran. But as autumn arrives, it brings with it a mysterious new governess who seems intent on drawing Tomos away from Seren and his family.
 
Dangerous figures from a bewitched toy carousel stalk the house and, fearing the worst, Seren calls on the clockwork crow to help her. But can he reach her in time, and will Tomos be able to escape the magical creatures threatening to ensnare him, led by the Velvet Fox?
 
Praise for The Clockwork Crow:
 
Winner of the Tir n'a n-Og Award 2019
 
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019
 
‘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
 
'Gripping and magical, a perfect snowy holiday read for children (and me).' Daniel Hahn, Spectator 
 
'Drawing on Welsh folklore, the story is both magical and fantastic. Catherine’s writing sparkles with energy and, quite often, one finds oneself rereading sections and marvelling at the talent of this extraordinary author. The wintery and Christmassy atmospheric prose entertains in bucketloads.' Simon Fisher, TES
 
‘Set in a gothic mansion in a landscape of frost and snow, this is a spellbinding story full of excitement and magic. It’s an enthralling Christmas mystery, just right for reading on winter nights.’ The Week Junior Book of the Week
 
'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