I love this book so much so that I’ve read it several times and intend to read it again. It’s comforting, and with each pass, I find a new, hidden gem. Another thing to note: with its mysterious, ivy covered house and lively, loving, bumpy, newly-put-together family, this is a story longing to be read out loud! Don’t miss out on a joy-of-a book!
Five starred reviews! “An instant classic.” —The New York Times Book Review “Possibly the finest writer of our time.” —Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity
From award-winning author Hilary McKay comes a beautiful, enchanting story about a girl adjusting to her new family and their new house—which just might be magical.
When Abi’s father marries Max and Louis’s mom, their families start over together. Abi suddenly finds herself the middle child, expected to share far too much—especially with grubby little Louis. Then they move into an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.
But for the children, strange things start to happen in that house. Abi reads alone, and finds herself tumbling so deep into books, they almost seem real. Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives—is it a cat or something else? Max loses his best friend…and falls in love. Meanwhile, Louis’s secret visitor is becoming much too real. Now Abi, Max, and Louis must uncover the secrets of their new home—for there can be danger in even the most beautiful magic.
From award-winning author Hilary McKay comes a story that is at once enchanting and thrilling—if you don’t get lost in it first.
About the Author
Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of The Skylarks’ War (which was a Boston Globe Best Book, and received three starred reviews), Binny Bewitched (which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and received two starred reviews), Binny in Secret (which received three starred reviews), Binny for Short (which received four starred reviews), and six novels about the Casson family: Saffy’s Angel, Indigo’s Star, Permanent Rose, Caddy Ever After, Forever Rose, and Caddy’s World. She is also the author of Wishing for Tomorrow, the sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England. Visit her at HilaryMcKay.co.uk.
"Utterly enchanting...an instant classic." — The New York Times Book Review
* "A perfect mix of magic and realism." — School Library Journal, starred review
* "McKay leaves enticing ambiguity between the real and fantastical, creating an unassailable magic of her own in an incandescent portrait of family, friendship, and imagination." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "McKay draws on her genius in creating amiable, chaotic families containing members with their own personal dramas; the clan is an endearing one, and their frustrations with family and friends seamlessly blend into the fantasy element...This would make an excellent British counterpart to American early fantasies like Law’s Savvy." — BCCB, starred review
* "McKay’s own magic is the ability to portray individuals, their quirky differences, and their shifting relationships in ways that seem realistic and uncommonly absorbing...A memorable family story."
— Booklist, starred review
"Overflowing with heart and magic." — Kirkus Reviews
* "McKay...creates a captivating world to fall into, full of honesty and humor." — The Horn Book, starred review