A Far Away Magic

A Far Away Magic

A Far Away Magic
Amy Wilson

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9781509837755

When Angel moves to a new school after the death of her parents, she isn't interested in making friends. Until she meets Bavar - a strange boy, tall, awkward and desperate to remain unseen, but who seems to have a kind of magic about him. Everyone and everything within Bavar's enchanted house is urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift through which monsters are travelling, the same monsters that killed Angel's parents. But Bavar doesn't want to follow the path that's been chosen for him - he wants to be normal; to disappear. Fighting one another as well as their fears, Angel and Bavar must find a way to repair the rift between the worlds, and themselves, before it's too late . . . Praise for A Girl Called Owl 'A story of wild winds and bitter frosts with the warmth of friendship at its heart' - Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher 'This debut is a sparklingly frosty read, full of feisty characters, myth and mystery' - Daily Mail 'A winter treat full of frosty magic' - Katherine Woodfine, author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow 'A perfect read for those who love wintery magic and a strong female character proving her place in the world.' Booktrust

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Starting a new school after the strange death of her parents, Angel doesn't want to be bothered with friends, yet finds herself drawn to Bavar, another loner, who seems determined to merge into the background. Angel can sense something strange and different about him and a friendship develops between them.

As she comes to know him better, Angel learns that Bavar is responsible for trying to protect the world from raksasas, monsters trying to enter the world through a magical rift. Determined to break the cycle, Bavar is trying to find his own way on life. However, his story and Angel's are more closely linked than either could imagine.

Told from alternating viewpoints, A Far Away Magic is a compelling, unusual story, full of magic and mystery. Amy Wilson successfully combines the fantastical world Bavar inhabits with the everyday world of school and 'normality'. Bavar's house is an amazing creation, contrasting perfectly with the 'little vanilla house' Angel is living in.

Both children struggle with deep emotions - Angel with the grief of losing her parents and the guilt of her survival and Bavar with feelings of rejection and the desire to escape his role. Their emotions are portrayed with great sensitivity and skill.

Darker than A Girl Called Owl, but just as compelling, A Far Away Magic is a fabulous, enjoyable read.

352 pages / Ages 10+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.


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