Sally Gardner; illustrations by David Roberts
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
When Emily Vole inherits an abandoned shop, she discovers a magical world she never knew existed. And a fairy-hating witch, a mischievous set of golden keys, and a train full of brightly colored bunnies are just a few of the surprises that come with it.
With the help of a talking cat called Fidget and a grumpy fairy detective called Buster, it is up to Emily to save the fairies and get to the bottom of Operation Bunny.
"Fans of Roald Dahl or the Clover Twig series may find some new favorite characters here." - BCCB
"Wickedly fun."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
“If you like mind-boggling adventures filled with brilliant illustrations and strange talking animals, then do not hesitate to pick up this brilliant book.”—The Guardian
“This brims with quirky charm reminiscent of Eva Ibbotson, Joan Aiken and early JK Rowling.”—The Times
"This first brisk, entertaining series entry leaves enough dangling threads to make readers eager for the next." - The Horn Book
"It should appeal to readers who enjoy whimsy without a lot of stressful conflict. Highlights are the charming Briticisms as well as the merry, slightly off-kilter black-and-white illustrations–especially the depiction of Harpella, who resembles a pointier, more deranged version of Lady Gaga." - School Library Journal