by Nicola Skinner

On Sale: 04/13/2023


by Nicola Skinner

On Sale: 04/13/2023


About the Book

‘Readers will be laughing and crying all at once. This book is an astonishing, unique feat of the imagination’ i News

From critically acclaimed author Nicola Skinner, her most brilliant book yet – a darkly comic story about staying true to yourself, even if it means tearing everything down …

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Minnie’s island. Nothing, that is, apart from the earthquakes, which pull buildings and schools and houses down on a regular basis.

Luckily, the island’s inhabitants have found a way to fix their crumbling walls: giants. Giants look after human children, like eleven-year-old Minnie. When Minnie turns twelve, she’ll kiss her giant, turning her into a stone statue forever. The stone will be used to repair buildings. And there’s nothing wrong with that either . . . or so Minnie thinks.

But when a dreadful earthquake strikes, Minnie realises she’s not quite ready to say goodbye to her giant – not forever – not yet. So Minnie goes on the run, betraying her parents and everyone she knows. The secrets she uncovers on her journey threaten to pull everything down: and so begins a desperate race against time in which she will confront the truth about her island, her giant . . . and ultimately herself.

Critical Praise

<b>Praise for STARBOARD:</b>

‘A uniquely brilliant story about setting your own course; clever, funny and moving’ Anna James, author of <i>Pages & Co.</i>

‘Spectacular. A wild, hilarious, surreal adventure of self-discovery’ <i>Guardian </i>

‘An impressive feat, achieved with prose that often feels newly minted’ <i>Sunday Times</i> Children’s Book of the Week

‘A fabulously entertaining, hugely inventive novel of epic adventure, friendship and bravery’ Editor’s Choice, <i>Bookseller</i>

‘A gloriously imaginative adventure’<i> Daily Mail </i>

<b>Praise for BLOOM:</b>

‘A hilarious, beautiful book… a blooming marvellous read’ Onjali Q. Rauf, author of <i>The Boy at the Back of the Class</i>
‘A riotous, original and timely reminder that sometimes rules are made to be broken.’ <i>Guardian Books of the Year</i>
‘A cracking debut… fresh and fun’ <i>Times Children’s Book of the Week</i>
‘Delightful… Humorous, original…’ <i>Amanda Craig, New Statesman</i>
‘A gorgeous debut… assured, funny, compelling’<i> Guardian</i>
‘Original, surprising and wonderfully surreal’ <i>The Bookseller</i>

<b>Praise for STORM:</b>

‘Hugely inventive’<i> Independent</i>
‘Funny, moving and surprising, told with real wisdom and heart’ <i>The Bookseller</i>
‘Surprising and endearing’ <i>Daily Mail</i>


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008422486
  • ISBN 10: 0008422486
  • Imprint: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
  • On Sale: 04/13/2023
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:12.99 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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