The Magic Hour
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A fast-paced, time-twisting, magical adventure where EVERY SECOND COUNTS.“I really couldn’t put The Magic Hour down. The concept is genius, the characters are unforgettable, and the adventure is thrilling. A book I’ll be recommending to everyone!” – A. F. Steadman, bestselling author of Skandar and The Unicorn Thief.“Get ready for a rip-roaring, time-twisting, mind-meltingly brilliant adventure! Lose yourself in The Magic Hour, an adventure so thrilling, hours feel like seconds!” – Ben Miller, bestselling author of The Boy Who Made The World Disappear.“The Magic Hour is twisty, fun, gripping and full of delicious and daring science and adventure.” – Vashti Hardy, betselling author of Brightstorm. Eleven-year-old Ailsa Craig is always late! To everything – her own birth, school, and even her own house exploding! Although it is certainly better to be late for that than early… But then one day, Ailsa discovers the secret of a lifetime: An extra hour in the day. The Magic Hour which exists in a fantastical, parallel Edinburgh, accessed at twilight. As she explores this extraordinary place where anything seems possible, Ailsa can’t believe her luck. Her grades improve and life seems to be on the up – even the popular kids start liking her. But messing with time, can have desperate consequences. When Ailsa discovers that the extra time comes at a terrible cost, she must battle the sinister forces at work and save herself, her parents and the world. What would you do with an extra hour in the day?
- A funny, high-octane, race-against-time adventure that is perfect for fans of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, Amari and the Night Brothers, Pages & Co and Nevermoor.
- Beautifully illustrated and brought to life by Alessia Trunfio.
- From award-winning and celebrated creator of Spooks and Versailles, David Wolstencroft.
Our July 2023 Ages 11+ Book of the Month
Our Book of the Month for age 11+ is The Magic Hour by multi-award-winning screenwriter and author David Wolstencroft. Ailsa Craig is always late. To her own birth, to school, even to her own house exploding! Although it is certainly better to be late for that than early… Then one day Ailsa discovers the secret of a lifetime: a twenty-fifth hour in the day. The magic hour exists in a fantastical parallel Edinburgh full of extraordinary possibilities. But messing with time can have desperate consequences and when Ailsa discovers that the extra time comes at a terrible cost, she must battle sinister forces to save herself, her parents, and the world!
The Magic Hour is a fast-paced, time-twisting, magical adventure where every second counts. Praised as unputdownable, thrilling and a genius concept full of unforgettable characters, this story is perfect for fans of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, Amari and the Night Brothers and Pages & Co. This is a gripping children’s debut from David Wolstencroft who is the BAFTA-winning creator of TV shows such as Spooks and Versailles as well as the author of two bestselling adult thrillers.
June 8th, 2023
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