Fantastic story telling from one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read anything by her, start here. I love 12-year-old Mallie who has challenges, including a missing hand, but is determined to help her family. Other characters are quirky and wonderful, and there’s just the right amount of magic. You’ll be cheering at the end; don’t miss this one!
The highly anticipated new novel from Natalie Lloyd, the critically-acclaimed, bestselling author of A Snicker of Magic!
Twelve-year-old Daisy's prospects are grim. In her mining town, Coal Top, boys leave school at 12 to work in the mines, and girls leave to work as servants for the rich people. Daisy can't stomach the idea of that kind of life, but what choice does she have? Especially when her family is counting on her wages to survive.
All that changes when Daisy is recruited for a dangerous competition in which daring (and ideally, orphaned children) train flying horses to battle the monsters that lurk beneath Coal Top. If she wins, she'll earn a fortune for her struggling family. If she fails . . . her family will have one less mouth to feed.
But the situation proves even more sinister than Daisy realizes, and in addition to fighting for her life, she finds herself uncovering a dangerous mystery at the heart of Coal Top's struggles-a mystery that the charismatic ringleader Mortimer Good will do anything to protect.
About the Author
Natalie Lloyd lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She collects old books, listens to bluegrass music, and loves exploring quirky mountain towns with her dog, Biscuit. She is the author of A Snicker of Magic and The Key to Extraordinary.