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The Dragon in the Bookshop
07 Jul 2022 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781801109185

A 9-12 adventure about finding your voice in difficult times, blended with Polish folklore and a magical quest.

Fiction / YFC (Children’s Fiction)
Extent: 256 pages
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The Mystery of the Colour Thief
Girl 38: Finding a Friend
The Key to Finding Jack
The Cooking Club Detectives
Also by Ewa Jozefkowicz
The Dragon in the Bookshopby Ewa Jozefkowicz

An old Polish city fizzes with fear. The townsfolk are at the mercy of a dragon who lurks in the cave below the castle...

Konrad's dad always used to say, 'There is a character in a book somewhere that matches you almost entirely. It's just a matter of finding them'. Konrad never expected the 'finding' to involve stepping right into a story, and he never expected his dad not to be there with him.

After his dad's death, Konrad stops speaking. Not a word at home or school as the year rolls by. But that begins to change when he meets Maya on the beach he loved to explore with Dad. She doesn't mind his silence. It gives her a chance to be heard, because at home no one seems to notice her. When the pair go on a last visit to Konrad's family bookshop before it's sold, they soon get lost in the pages of Konrad's favourite book of folk tales. Whisked back in time to quest with a dragon, they must find themselves and their voices, as well as a happy end to the story in the book and in real life.

A beautifully told, compassionate story about grief and finding your voice, with a sprinkle of Polish folklore and a magical, medieval adventure from Waterstones-shortlisted Ewa Jozefkowicz.

Ewa Jozefkowicz's debut novel The Mystery of the Colour Thief, published by Zephyr in 2018, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Girl 38: Finding a Friend, blends contemporary times with WWII Poland. The Key to Finding Jack is about the special bond between siblings. And The Cooking Club Detectives tackles the impact of food poverty on children today. All are published by Zephyr. Ewa lives in London with her husband and twin daughters but regularly visits her family in Poland. Twitter: @EwaJozefkowicz Insta: ewas_bookshelf

The fifth novel for 9-12 year-olds by Waterstones-shortlisted author Ewa Jozefkowicz, the Jacqueline Wilson for the next generation.

Inspired by Ewa's own experience and written with her hallmark warmth, empathy and hope.

Drawing on the rich Polish fairytales that Ewa grew up with and shared with her bookseller father.

Ewa and her books are loved by educationalists.

For 9+ readers.

MARKET: Jacqueline Wilson; Cathy Cassidy; Liz Kessler.

'A heartfelt story about the importance of community and the power of food to connect people' Scotsman Best Children's Books of the Summer 2021, on The Cooking Club Detectives.
'A gently unfolding detective story that delicately unpacks themes of food poverty, friendship and the importance of community spaces... The writing gives space for a range of perspectives' BooksforTopics, Ones to Watch - Middle Grade Round-up for Summer 2021, on The Cooking Club Detectives.
'The plot has been carefully and skilfully crafted to be a story within a story... It is so refreshing to find a well-written powerful standalone story for young adults that I hope it will be widely read and enjoyed' The School Librarian, on The Key to Finding Jack.
'Paints a convincing picture of a harrowing time in a young life... By no means a gloomy read, offering ample humour, hope and optimism' BookTrust, Bookmark Book of the Month, on The Mystery of the Colour Thief.
'Celebrating the importance of community, family and friends, this is a lovely, warm-hearted story'
The Week Junior, Book of the Week, on The Cooking Club Detectives

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