Annabelle Sami on Dreamweavers: Night of the Scary Fairy and fantasy books for kids

Dreamweavers: Night of the Scary Fairies by Annabelle Sami. Book cover and author photo.
The book we've shared with our Parakeet subscribers this month is a fun, slightly spooky and thrilling fantasy adventure for younger readers with two inspiring and relatable lead characters and packed with beautiful black and white illustrations. It's the first in a new series that is perfect for newly independent readers and which we predict will be popular with fans of Paula Harrison and Laura Ellen Anderson. We're delighted that author Annabelle Sami was able to answer a few questions for us about what inspired the book and which other fantasy books for younger readers she recommends you read next.

What inspired you to write Dreamweavers?

I was inspired to write Dreamweavers because I love magical stories. My favourite books to read are fantasy and ever since I was a child mystical creatures have intrigued me. I wanted to write a book that incorporated my love of all things magical with plenty of humour too and that's where Dreamweavers came from.

What do you think is the most important lesson Tito learns?

In this book, I think the most important lesson Tito learns is that he doesn't need to change who he is in order to have fun adventures. In fact, being sensitive is what makes him special. He learns to see it as one of his gifts.

Which of the two friends are you most like and in what ways?

I don't think I'm like Tiff or Murray but I wish I had Tiff's confidence and Murray's sporting talent!

What would your Dreamweaver symbol look like?

My Dreamweaver symbol would be a spiral - I'm always attracted to spirals and often find myself doodling them!

Can you tell us anything about what will happen next to Tito and Neena?

Tito and Neena are going to meet even more weird and wacky jinn. Plus, their teamwork and Dreamweaving skills will be really put to the test as they face the evil alliance.

Why did you choose to write books for this age group?

I love writing for middle grade as you get to be really imaginative and silly with your ideas. The weirder the better! When you're writing comedy like I am, that's very useful.

Do you have a favourite place to write?

I love writing in a cafe so I can people-watch and get ideas. Otherwise, anywhere where I can get coffee and snacks.

Which other fantasy books for younger readers would you recommend our subscribers read next?

Yomi and the Fury of Ninki Nanka by Davina Tijani. 

Copies of our Dreamweavers: Night of the Scary Fairies pack, including a copy of the book and loads of fun activities to go with it, are now available for individual purchase. Grab a copy while stocks last!

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