The Book That Made Me: James Mayhew 17/07/19
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The snowy kingdom of Erkenwald used to be a place of harmony between the Feather, Fur, and Tusk Tribes. But now that it's ruled by the cruel Ice Queen, its people are in hiding, full of fear and distrust. Can a young girl and a secret inventor bring joy back to the land?
Abi Elphinstone's magical adventure already feels timeless, stuffed with close calls, fantastical creatures and deliciously evil villains. The world of Erkenwald is beautifully imagined, with stunning images unfurling in your mind and astonishing hideaways waiting to be explored.
There's lots to think about in Sky Song's pages, from the importance of having a voice to timely themes of tolerance in the face of deep-rooted prejudice.
But that's only what powers a rip-roaring, fast-paced adventure with characters you can't help but root for. Eska is a strong heroine but faces doubts about her abilities, while Flint struggles to overcome his upbringing and learn to accept others (and himself).
The pair are also joined by Blu, Flint's brave and lovable little sister. Based on Abi's own sister-in-law, who has Down's Syndrome, Blu's strong personality, charming positivity and resourcefulness shine through the pages and add real warmth to the story.
A children's classic in the making, Sky Song will whisk you off on an astonishing journey and leave you gripped from beginning to end.