An exhilarating fairytale adventure from the author of the Governor General's Award nominated The Grave Robber's Apprentice.
The Dream Witch haunts the forest beyond the kingdom of Bellumen, waiting to collect on a horrible debt owed by the king and queen - the heart of their only daughter, Princess Olivia. Until she has it, none of the kingdom's children are safe.
As Olivia's thirteenth birthday approaches and the witch's deadline draws near, her desperate mother seeks help from Prince Leo of neighbouring Pretonia. But the treacherous prince seizes their castle instead, determined to marry Olivia and take over the kingdom.
So Olivia makes a daring escape from the castle, two friends by her side: the peasant boy Milo and a curious talking mouse with a surprising past. Together, the friends face certain danger and fantastical adversaries to save their families and rescue a kingdom.
ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of Chanda's Secrets, a Michael L. Printz Honour Book. The film adaptation, Life, Above All, went on to win the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. His most recent novel, The Grave Robber's Apprentice, was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award. Allan lives in Toronto, Ontario with his partner, four cats, and numerous fish. Visit him online at www.allanstratton.com.
Praise for The Grave Robber's Apprentice:
Shortlist, Governor General's Literary Award, 2012
Honour Book, CLA Book of the Year for Children, 2012
Nominee, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2013
Nominee, OLA Silver Birch Award, 2013
OLA Best Bets, 2012
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2012
"A rollicking and enchanting fairy tale for the 21st century." -Kenneth Oppel, author of Half Brother and the Silverwing Saga
*"Arch, winning fantasy. The Grave Robber's Apprentice is funny, imaginative, just thrilling enough, and doesn't take itself too seriously." -Quill & Quire, starred review
"A classic adventure story . . . This clever tale hits all the right notes." -Publishers Weekly