In Starfell: Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale we meet the wizard, Holloway. Who sails the Great Melee and owns a bathtub-boat called The Sudsfarer. He has learnt to make food almost seemingly from air – stuck as he is sometimes for ages out at sea. When he makes food he uses whatever he has at hand. Including rain water for flavour!
Using your own store-cupboards, why not have a go at making your own rain biscuits?
I am over the moon that Starfell has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award! It is one of the only awards that recognises the author and editor, and mine – Harriet Wilson – is an actual genius. As well as a genuinely kind, warm and brilliant human being, so this makes it doubly special.
I never expected this, as there are just so many amazing books being published! So when I found out I was bit overwhelmed to say the least. All I can say is a huge huge thank you to the Branford Boase organisers – it is an absolute honour.
Huge congratulations to the other nominees who have written books I have absolutely loved this past year – I’m beyond proud to be considered next to you!
STARFELL: Willow Moss and the Lost Day is out in the USA and Canada today! I just want to say a BIG thank you to my lovely publishers Harper Kids (Harpercollins US) for publishing it! And a MASSIVE thank you to anyone who goes out and buys a copy! I really hope you like it!
The US cover is different to the UK and commonwealth one, with Willow and Oswin looking a bit more fierce, grin! The cover illustration was done by the wonderful Yaoyao Ma Van As. Here it is below! I think the colours are lovely too.
The ordinary becomes extraordinary in this sparkling first book in the Starfell series, a modern classic perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The Land of Stories.
Willow Moss’s small magic has always seemed unremarkable. But when the most feared witch in the land of Starfell appears on the Moss family’s doorstep looking for help, it’s not Willow’s talented sisters she seeks, it’s Willow. Because Willow is a finder of lost things—and Moreg Vaine says that last Tuesday has gone missing.
Willow and Moreg set out on a perilous journey across the wilds of Starfell, looking for what they’ve lost. If they don’t discover what happened to the missing day, the repercussions could be devastating for the entire kingdom.
“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 cozy worldbuilding and familiar characterizations make for a sweet, comfortable read. What a difference a day makes in this intriguing fantasy.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Valente’s witty, glowing prose infuses the tale with both intrigue and warmth.”
It looks like this. This new blog. Which rose like a turkey out of the ashes of the old turkey which was the old blog. Which was mostly, looking back, an epic waste of space. With a fair bit of moaning. So yes. Voila, full of new gobbledegook (see what I did there har har… yes, it would be good for me to have more than the dog to run these things past some days, anyway…)
I am meant to be writing and editing some other things that have crazy, scary deadlines, but instead I decided that a website was important for some reason that my mind convinced me wasn’t about procrastination but SO WAS. So here it is. The blog.
Anyway. I hope to actually make this thing look a bit more like a website in time. I did have a bit of fun designing the front page and all the graphics, I can just imagine my cover designer crying in mortification … but oh well. I did add an events page which was like some proper grown-upping for the day. Still, I suppose I’d actually better get back to that deadline. Did I mention it’s this Monday. So I better get back to that. You know, after I go tackle the garden. But after that, it’s gonna get serious up in here.