Magical Christmas adventure story from Catherine Fisher longlisted for Blue Peter Book Awards 2019

25 Oct 2018

A magical middle-grade story of snow and stars from acclaimed author Catherine Fisher has been long-listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 in the Best Story category.

Launched this month by Welsh indie publisher Firefly Press, it tells the story of spirited orphan Seren Rhys, and her cantankerous companion, the Crow, as they seek to unravel a mystery which takes them deep into a dangerous fairytale landscape.

Set in Victorian mid Wales  The Clockwork Crow  has been hailed as, "A marvellous book, and a book of marvels, shivery with suspense, snow and sinister magic," by New Statesman  reviewer Amanda Craig. And writing in The Guardian  Imogen Russell Williams said:  "Full of deep fairytale resonance, Fisher' writing stands out in the mind's eye like blood drops on snow."

Today (Thursday) Firefly publisher Penny Thomas said: "We are so delighted that The Clockwork Crow has been long-listed for this iconic children's award. Catherine is one of the best fantasy writers in the UK today and this classic, thrilling tale enchants from the very first page, taking the reader on an adventure deep into our mythological past."

Catherine Fisher added: "I am absolutely delighted that The Clockwork Crow  has reached the Blue Peter long-list. It's an honour to be included among such talented company."

The Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 has 10 titles longlisted for the Best Story category. The shortlist will be announced on the Blue Peter show on 8 November.

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