Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 04 Nov 2021
ISBN: 9781839941887
Size: 198 x 129 mm
Length: 288 pages



A dark, gothic adventure set deep in a Bavarian forest, with angels and owls and magic and a boy who isn’t all that he seems to be…

A cherub is blown into Cassie Engel’s bedroom during a thunderstorm, triggering a series of terrifying events. Cassie must discover if its arrival was an accident or part of something more sinister.

With a self-obsessed opera singer for a mother, a strange taxidermist father, and a best friend who isn’t quite what he seems, Cassie is forced to unearth the secrets of her family’s past. As the dark forces gather around them, can Cassie protect all that she holds dear?

The fantastic debut novel from Lucy Hope, with cover illustration by Anna Shepeta.

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“A quirky, adventurous fantasy debut with a wonderful setting and a numinous hint of David Almond’s Skellig.”

-Imogen Russell-Williams, The Guardian

“I gobbled this up! Rich, enthralling story set in the Bavarian Forest. It glimmers with celestial magic and ancient secrets, and will be vivid in my mind for a good while yet.”

-Nicola Penfold, author of Where the World Turn Wild

“Featuring angels, owls and family secrets, this is a thrilling historical mystery.”

-Sarah Kingsford, The Daily Express

“An ethereal tale of love and hope.”

-Marianne Levy, The i

“This is a truly beautiful work of art which flutters like a surreal dream. Heavenly.”


“Lucy Hope’s ‘Fledgling’ is a phenomenal accomplishment: atmospheric, otherworldly and beautiful. Like a Gothic fairy-tale or a rapturous fever-dream, it takes flight and soars with twists and turns that will mesmerise, horrify and delight.”

Chris Soul (blog)

“If you’re looking for a dark, gothic adventure then Fledgling is the book for you. It has heart, magic, a dysfunctional family and friendship galore for you to enjoy!”

Check ‘Em Out Books (blog)

“Fledgling is a page-turning adventure, totally different in feel to anything I’ve read for ages.”

The Book Activist (blog)

“The perfect gripping wintry tale for getting lost in this season.”

Mini Travellers (blog)

“You’ll find likely find yourself unable to put it down once you start reading.”

-Red Reading Hub (blog)

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