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Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

by Natasha Farrant

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The second sensational middle-grade standalone that follows an epic voyage from England to France in the aftermath of WW1, from the bestselling author of The Children of Castle Rock.

In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and is now missing. Lotti's horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away to boarding-school (when she has just so successfully managed to get expelled from her last one!) And Clara, their young teacher, is waiting for news of her missing fianc.Just as they think they've found their feet in the new order, disaster strikes, and Lotti and Ben must get away. And so they hatch a plan - to cross the Channel on Ben's narrowboat and find Sam. And there's something in France that Lotti is looking for, too... Buffeted by storms, chased by the police, Lotti, Ben, Clara and a growing number of dogs set out on an epic journey, on the search for lost loved ones and a place to call home.

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"One of the most compelling, joyous, tearjerking and delightful reads of the year." - The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

"Magnificent odyssey ... a rich and rewarding read ... it deserves prizes." - New Statesman

"Heaven sent out of a blue sky, it blew me far away on a wonderful adventure, and for a blissful while, I really was somewhere else." - Piers Torday, author of The Frozen Sea

"Empowering, rollicking, wistful and joyful." - Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War

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I loved this book
Voyage of the sparrowhawk is an awesome adventure story where the two main characters (who are both orphaned) take a trip across the English channel in search for their loved ones in a narrowboat. I highly recommend it!!!

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Natasha Farrant

Natasha Farrant has worked in children's publishing for almost twenty years, running her own literary scouting agency for the past ten. She grew up in London where she still lives with her husband and their two daughters. She is the author of the Carnegie-longlisted and Branford Boase-shortlisted YA historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels. Natasha was shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award 2014, and the second Bluebell Gadbsy book, Flora in Love, is longlisted for the Guardian Children's Prize.

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