Welcome

GADZOOKS, a visitor?! I’ll just pop the kettle on and tell the monster from under-the-bed, Oswin, to come out from the stove,  nevermind his grumbling … it’s always lovely to have guests!

Pull up a chair, ooh I wouldn’t sit on that green carpet bag though, let’s just move that to one side.

What do you fancy? I have some pepper tea? Good for colds. Oh, and aren’t you lucky, look what I found at the back of this cupboard, there’s a bag of dried hethal that I got from a rather scary witch, erm, good friend! It does wonders for anxiety, also WORTS. Not that yours are very noticeable, um. Cough. I hadn’t even noticed that one on your … um, nevermind! I’ll just make this for us, okay?

Don’t mind the dragon on the branch outside … he won’t eat you. He’s told me that eating humans was ‘so five centuries ago’ …

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Thanks for stopping by to my little corner of the internet where things can get a bit silly, and serious, depending on which way the tree house blows.

I am the author of STARFELL, a magical, middle-grade series about a young witch with the WORST magical power in her family: the ability to find lost things, like shoes, or socks or her neighbour’s wooden teeth. Which no one thinks is very special at all … least of all, Willow herself.

In the first book, WILLOW MOSS AND THE LOST DAY, Willow’s power, which everyone thinks is rather humdrum … just might be the thing needed to save the world! When the most fearsome witch in all of Starfell, Moreg Vaine shows up with the news that last Tuesday has gone missing! And Willow must find the day, to save the day!

“With whimsy, humor, danger, and surprising twists, Valente’s new series will be a surefire hit, leaving readers clamoring for the next in the series .” – School Library Journal

“Valente’s witty, glowing prose infuses the tale with both intrigue and warmth.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

A rip roaring

Well, that was really NICE of them, wasn’t it?!

Oswin though, would like to offer a small critique, in his own words, muffled slightly through the fabric of a certain green hairy bag…

Harrumph. Not one mention? I means you don' even see no blooming dragon on the cover do you? [there is on the back cover but I don't think Oswin's seen that] Or trolls? Oh no, that's jes fine, forget aboutme... not,

Oh well, you can’t please everyone. Another cup?

In book two (out APRIL 2020 in the UK, 2021 in the US) WILLOW MOSS AND THE FORGOTTEN TALE, Willow recently saved the world. The problem is, nobody can remember it – and, to make matters worse, her magical ability seems broken. Instead of finding lost things, objects keep disappearing against her will … which is especially troubling now that her friend Sometimes needs her help – he’s been kidnapped! Can Willow save Sometimes when her own powers are out of control?

Header and Oswin illustration by Sarah Warburton.

15 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I just finished reading Lost Day to my 8 year old. We’ve been reading 1-2 chapters a night for the last week and a bit. Lovely book, great for her age, and some real standout moments in it. As satisfying a last chapter as I’ve read in a while. Had to slow down a few times for the lump in my throat. Thank you for creating this, just fantastic.

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  2. My 6 year old daughter adored Willow Moss and the lost day, thank you for your exciting story! She loved Willow so much that she has requested to dress up as Willow for world book day!

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      1. My daughter is very excited for world book day, her dad has just finished making Whisper! She has written a thank you letter for you – is there an address she can send it to? Perhaps via your publisher?

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      2. Ah that is so sweet! thank you so much. Please send me a pic of her and Whisper! I’d love to see 🙂 That would be great if you can send it via my publisher, let me know if you need the address? xxx

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  3. We popped it in the post and sent it to Harper Collins publishing after World Book day, we hope it finds you! Our little girl was so proud to introduce Willow and Whisper to her school friends. We’re very excited to start the forgotten tale! Very best wishes xx

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  4. I’ve been reading Starfell to my granddaughter Ava (7) during lockdown. Her first book read by granny via internet where she’s had to use her imagination to create the images rather than rely on pictures. We finish it tonight and can’t wait. This has been a joy to read. We’ve both loved it and Ava is particularly fond of Oswin 😂 Thankyou

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