Author(s): Jessica Townsend
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.
To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
My book of the year for 2017, Nevermoor is a story I can't stop gushing about. This debut novel is richly imagined, fantastical by turn tender, funny, and utterly charming. Live in a new magical world and get to know a cast of endearing and quirky characters as you ride along on a magical umbrella. Harry Potter Fans will adore this book and though it's aimed at ages 8-12, older readers and adults are sure to enjoy it too. It's certainly worthy of all the hype it has received! A staff pick by Bernice at the Dorothy Butler Children's bookshop.
JESSICA TOWNSEND lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was a copywriter for eight years, and was once the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.