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.

27 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I love your new book Starfell i don’t want to put the book down I am sucked into it. I really hope you write another one. From Eva age 9

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. (in the words of my six-year-old)
    Dear Author, I love your books very much. I love that it’s magical. I love all the characters. My name is Willow, too, and my middle name is Florence, like Granny Flossy but just a tiny bit differenter. When are you going to write the next book, because I’m wondering? I’ve read Willow and the Lost Day and Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale. Love, Willow.

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  7. Is there going to be a book 3 of starfell and if there is going to be what will the story be about because in book 2 they talked about Silas starting a new war

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    1. Hi Nina! Well spotted, I like the way you think! There is definitely going to be a third book (and a fourth), it’s about a vanished kingdom … but I can’t say much more till it’s out in February next year, grin. x

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  8. Thank you for your wonderful books! My 9yo daughter never liked the idea of witches but as a fantasy fan I wanted to introduce her to the world of magic. I bought these books for her birthday and at first she wasn’t sure about reading them, but once she started she fell in love with them. Starfell is now her favourite!

    A message from her:
    I really love them I wish they would never end! From Vala

    We’re both hoping you’ll write more of them.

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    1. Ahhh! Thank you, Kara for this lovely message! I so appreciate it, and I’m so glad you’re both enjoying them! I’m definitely writing more – so far there will be two more books in the series (so four in total) xxx

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  9. We just finished the first book, I read it aloud to my 6 almost 7 year old. We really enjoyed it!!!! Fiona liked Oswin and I loved reading him with an Irish accent. We’re very happy there are more coming and hoping there is magic waiting for the U.S. in these dark times 😘

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    1. Ah, thank you so much, Amy! I’m so glad you both enjoyed it! Love the idea of Oswin with an Irish accent, grin! There’s going to be three more in the series 🙂 If you’re in the US – book two will be out early next year 🙂 xxxx

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  10. Hello, my name is Morgan I am 9 years old and I love ❤️ starfell!!! I love how you put those important details in all the characters different and unique powers. You also inspired me to write a story of my own.
    Also, I wanted to ask, does granny Flossy’s story continue? (I have only read the first book and am so excited to read the other creative twists in the second one!)
    Cheers! Morgan B ( I’m not British) 😝

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    1. Hello Morgan! Lovely to hear from you, thank you so much for getting in touch. I’m so happy that I’ve inspired you to write your own story, that’s wonderful news! Yes Granny’s story continues – and we hear more about her in book two and three 🙂 xxx

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  11. Earlier this year I found your book when I was looking for something different to read to my daughter. We were hooked from the start, loved the journey and characters, in particular Oswin! We were so excited when we realised there was a second book! We have just finished that and loved it just as much. It’s so nice to see my 8 year old gripped by a book and egging to be read! Please tell me there is a book 3 in the works!

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