by Nicola Skinner

On Sale: 07/06/2023


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by Nicola Skinner

illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

On Sale: 07/06/2023


About the Book

New girl Hattie hopes a scarecrow will protect her den at school, but she soon realises she can’t control him … A darkly comic tale from acclaimed author Nicola Skinner.

When lonely Hattie feels out of place at her new school, she creates a scarecrow – Crow. Hattie wants him to guard the den she finds in the playground, the only place she feels happy and comfortable.

Poor Crow really just wants to have fun with the other children, but he takes his job for Hattie very seriously and his behaviour starts to get scarier and scarier.

Will Hattie realise that Crow is ruining her chance to make new friends before it’s too late?

Critical Praise

"A darkly comic tale about a girl's anxiety over starting a new school" – The Times Children's Books of the Year

"A short and slightly creepy story about being careful what you wish for, with added Frankenstein vibes! A great story to share with those starting a new school or struggling to fit in." – Midlands Creative Learning Services

"Nicola Skinner's brilliant humour brings the scarecrow to life which causes all sorts of problems for Hattie … a sweet story about loneliness and making friends." – The School Librarian

"Darkly humorous, emotionally intelligent and astutely aware supernatural schoolyard story … Crow’s deliciously dark personality serves up some fabulously funny moments with that slight macabre edge … will go down very well with any child who is experiencing upheaval in their own lives." – A Word About Books, Blog


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781800902190
  • ISBN 10: 1800902190
  • Imprint: Barrington Stoke
  • On Sale: 07/06/2023
  • Pages: 96
  • List Price:14.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

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