Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

Authored by Dominique Valente
Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
Published by HarperCollins

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Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day is the first novel in the Starfell series. We are all familiar with the confusion and frustration of losing keys, phones and wallets – but what about losing a whole day of the week?

That’s what happens in the magical debut novel by Dominique Valente. Title character Willow Moss (who thus far in her life has been the least powerful witch in the family) suddenly becomes a vital part of solving this mystical conundrum due to her ability to find misplaced matter.

This series, which was fought over by publishers in a seven-way auction, meaning expectations for this initial instalment were sky-high. Luckily, the wizarding world that Valente has created feels fully-formed, warm and most importantly original; something which is no mean feat in a genre that can feel over-saturated with Harry Potter derived fantasy fiction. The beautiful black and white illustrations work alongside the under-stated language to capture the imagination of the reader and build this new universe.

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day would be a perfect recommendation for children that have already devoured and loved the novels of Cressida Cowell, Laura Ellen Anderson or Fleur Hitchcock. And of course, Harry Potter!

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