Author(s): Barbara Else; Sam Broad (Illustrator)
Dorrity is the only child in magic-free Owl Town. When she finds an enchanted book with dire predictions, she must face her enemies. And who is the strange boy who has appeared in the Beastly Dark?
This stand-alone pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel is the third book in the Tales of Fontania series of novels, following The Traveling Restaurant (which received a starred review in Kirkus "A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with dangers, deft humor and silly bits.") and The Queen and the Nobody Boy.
Filled with humor, action, adventure, and magic, this is a truly gripping read featuring a large and memorable cast of characters.
Shortlisted for PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Children's Book 2015 and LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Esther Glen Medal for Junior Fiction 2015.
Barbara Else is the author of six adult novels, and is one of New Zealand's most respected writers. She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature, and has worked as a university tutor, editor and freelance writer. Barbara lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit her blog at www.TalesOfFontania.com She is the author of the following Gecko Press books: The Travelling Restaurant, The Queen and the Nobody Boy