Through a Magic Portal with Sophie Anderson


Tuesday 26th January, 11am

Streamed live on both Kirklees Libraries YouTube channelTwitter and Facebook pages.

From the wild imagination of the bestselling author of The House with Chicken Legs and The Girl Who Speaks Bear comes another folk tale of magic and belonging. Join author Sophie Anderson on an adventure with her new novel, The Castle of Tangled Magic, and explore the enchanting fairy tale adventure she’s created, about the power of love and courage. You’ll learn about her inspiration and get tips on how to recreate fairy tales yourself.

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The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

Illustrated by Saara Katariina Söderlund.

Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller. A Waterstones Best Book of 2020. A Sunday Times and The Times Children’s Book of the Year. A Primary School Book Club Pick. The Times Children’s Book of the Week.

Magic awaits, all you have to do is believe…

When thirteen-year-old Olia steps through a magical doorway, she discovers another land. A land tangled by magic, where hope is lost, and a scheming wizard holds all the power.

Soon Olia learns that she is destined to save this land, but with time running out and her new friends and family in danger, she must search for the magic within herself – to save everything and everyone she loves.

About Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson grew up with stories in her blood, from her mother, who is a writer, to her Prussian grandmother, whose own storytelling inspires Sophie’s novels.

Born in Swansea, but now living in the Lake District with her family, Sophie enjoys the freedom of homeschooling her four children, fell-walking and daydreaming.

Across her bestselling novels, Sophie has won the Independent Bookshop Book of the Year Award and the Wales Book of the Year Award, and has been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the British Book Awards’ Children’s Fiction Book of the Year, and the Branford Boase Award.

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