by Vashti Hardy
Pub Date 17 Mar 2020
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Critically acclaimed in the UK, Brightstorm is a fast-paced fantasy adventure novel that will set imaginations soaring.
Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm receive devastating news: their famous explorer father has died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris. To make matters worse, the Lontown Geographical Society finds Ernest Brightstorm guilty of sabotaging the expedition of his competitor, Eudora Vane. But a mysterious clue leads the twins to question the story they’ve been told—and to uncover the truth, they must undertake the journey of a lifetime. Joining the ragtag crew of a homemade sky-ship captained by the intrepid Harriet Culpepper, Arthur and Maudie race to South Polaris to salvage their family’s reputation and find out what really happened on their father’s doomed expedition.
Brightstorm is a propulsive and compelling fantasy adventure set among the vibrant landscapes and dynamic characters of Vashti Hardy’s vividly imagined world.
About the Author: Vashti Hardy is a children's book writer living in the south of England with her husband and three teens. She says, "I've always loved asking big 'what if' questions and creating my own worlds. I want unknown places to explore."
“This pacy tale of lies and greed versus loyalty and derring-do is a little bit steam-punk and a lot [The Golden Compass]. Here, though, are flashes of fresh verve: a house that unfolds into an eco-friendly skyship, women in leadership roles and, perhaps best of all, psychic wolves.”—The Guardian
“This is an unputdownable Victoriana adventure with characters that are vivid and most refreshing in their portrayal of gender roles...A real edge-of-your-seat romp that travels with lightning speed.”—BookTrust