Katya Balen
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A heartbreaking and heart-warming story about sisterhood, family and love for 8+

Young readers will enchanted by this beautiful book by Yoto Carnegie Medal winner Katya Balen

Katya Balen is a masterful storyteller and one of the most exciting and original voices in contemporary children's literature. This stunning story is touching and poetically told with a beautiful wild setting and a cast of brilliant, brave characters. Perfect family reading.


Fen and Rey were found curled up small and tight in the fiery fur of the foxes at the very edge of the wildlands. Fen is loud and fierce and free. She feels a connection to foxes and a calling from the wild that she's desperate to return to. Rey is quiet and shy and an expert on nature. She reads about the birds, feeds the lands and nurtures the world around her.

They are twin sisters. Different and the same. Separate and connected. They will always have each other, even if they don't have a mother and don't know their beginning. But they do want answers. Answers to who their mother is and where she might be. What their story is and how it began. So when a fox appears late one night at the house, Fen and Rey see it as a sign - it's here to lead them to their truth, find their real family and fill the missing piece they have felt since they were born.

But the wildlands are exactly that: wild. They are wicked and cruel and brutal and this journey will be harder and more life changing than either Fen or Rey ever imagined ...

Katya Balen is an award-winning author of books for children. Her debut novel, The Space We're In, was highly commended for the Branford Boase Award, October, October won the Yoto Carnegie Medal and the UKLA Book Award, and The Light in Everything was shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Medal. When she's not writing books, Katya likes to scroll through dog-rescue websites, bake and attempt to keep her house plants alive. She lives in London with her partner and their dog.

Number of pages: 288
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 25th April 2024
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781526652102
Format: Paperback

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