"Sometimes you are a whisper away from magic without even realizing it."
Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman’s purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters, including Flabberghast – a young wizard who’s particularly competitive at hopscotch – and a hideous troll housekeeper who’s emotionally attached to his feather duster. They have been placed under an extraordinary spell, which they are desperate for Nine to break – and if she can, maybe they can offer her a new life in return…
"A Diana Wynne Jones-ish adventure fizzing with imagination. Such fun – I loved it!" – Sinead O'Hart "A wonder-filled book that revels in magic and mayhem." – Abi Elphinstone
A Diana Wynne Jones-ish adventure fizzing with imagination. Such fun – I loved it! -- Sinead O'Hart
This energetic, inventive romp has a touch of the late, great Diana Wynne Jones. ― The Guardian
This funny tale has a cast of lovable characters and plenty of twists and turns. This is a hugely imaginative adventure that fans of Abi Elphinstone, Sophie Anderson and Diana Wynne Jones will love. ― The Week Junior
A wonder-filled book that revels in magic and mayhem. -- Abi Elphinstone
Featured in The Bookseller's January Previews 2021, ― The Bookseller
About the Author
Amy Sparkes studied English Literature and Theology at the University of Kent, and began writing after moving to Devon with her husband, six young children and an overactive imagination. Her books have appeared on CBeebies storytime and been shortlisted for several book awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the BookTrust Best Books Awards for Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo. She runs author events for children, writing workshops for aspiring children’s writers, produces the Writing for Children pages for bestselling Writing Magazine, and writes short stories for Aquila magazine. She co-founded the Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize for aspiring picture book authors.