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'There are trains in the Queendom, but few other signs of contemporary life. The land seems almost medieval; its rural and maritime ways are strong presences in the story. In its convincing detail, the underwater world of pearl harvesting may well fascinate readers. Critical moments in the plot may test belief in their reliance on coincidence, but the focus of the action shifts as Miranda comes to realise – perhaps later than her readers – that finding the eye stone is less important than her concern for Syrsa. Her life-time’s assumptions – obsessions, even – are called into question.'
Finnish Swedish-speaking author and journalist Karin Erlandsson is one of the most successful and most acclaimed children’s authors in the Swedish language and she has woven a fantastical tale, skilfully translated by Annie Prime, mixed with realism about the natural world of the ocean. Her protagonist Miranda is tough and feisty and not always an easy character to like, but as her relationship with Syrsa evolves she develops a softer side as she begins to learn the value of friendship and what matters in life.
No. of pages: 249
Publication date: 23.04.2022
Re-print date: 23.04.2022
978 1 912868 73 5
978 1 912868 92 6