Voyage of the Sparrowhawk (Hardcover)

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Winner of the 2020 Costa Children's Book Award

Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2021

Times and Sunday Times Best Book of the Year

In the aftermath of World War One, everyone in the small town of Barton is rebuilding their lives. Ben needs to find his brother, Sam—who was wounded in action and is now missing—if he wants to avoid being sent to the orphanage. Lotti’s horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away from her beloved home to boarding school, just when she has successfully managed to get expelled from her last one.

When a chance encounter brings the two children together, each recognizes the other as a kindred spirit. But just as they’ve found their feet, disaster strikes, and Ben and Lotti must run away. They hatch a plan to cross the English Channel on Ben’s narrowboat, the Sparrowhawk, and track down Sam in France. But there’s something in France that Lotti is looking for, too. . . .

Funny, heartwarming, and wise, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk is full of high stakes, twists and connections, and—most of all—adventure.

About the Author

Natasha Farrant has worked in children’s publishing for over twenty years. She is the author of ten books for children and young adults, which have been described as “raucously funny” by the New York Times. She lives in London.

Praise For…

Inspiring, memorable, and adventurous: classic storytelling.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

With promising maps at the opening, many lovable characters, and first-rate storytelling, this chapter book offers a captivating reading experience.
— Booklist (starred review)

Employing a quiet voice reminiscent of classics with a hint of humor, Farrant pits resilient protagonists against numerous obstacles and setbacks, balancing loss and grief with joy and optimism in a lively adventure that wholeheartedly embraces the concept of found family.
— Publishers Weekly

Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny but consistently gripping, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk presses forward with all the purpose and beauty of a small, slim boat on fast-flowing waters.

— BookPage

One of the most compelling, joyous, tearjerking and delightful reads of the year.
— The Times

Dramatic, moving and perfectly paced.
— Daily Mail

A magnificent odyssey.
— New Statesman

Inspiring, beautiful, and utterly delightful, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk is a delicious emotional rollercoaster of a read that will stay with you forever.

— Liz Hyder

Product Details
ISBN: 9781324019725
ISBN-10: 1324019727
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English



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