Pushkin Children's Books
A highly original and acclaimed fantasy novel with eccentric characters, striking illustrations and a propulsive plot.
Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Born on All-Hallows-Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk. They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart-shaped locket. They've been with Tatty ever since, roaming the Outskirts in the circus caravans, moving from place to place.
But lately, curious things have started to happen when they play their instruments. During one of their performances, the girls accidentally levitate their entire audience, drawing too much unwanted attention. Soon, ominous Enforcers come after them, and Charlotte and Sonja must embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands in hopes of unlocking the secrets of their mysterious past.
'Full of inventiveness, with a world that's constructed ingeniously and characters who are vivid and attractive' - Philip Pullman
'The world [Malouf] creates, through her appealing prose and her positively addictive illustrations, feels weird and true, vivid as a dream but way more entertaining' - Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
'A new YA novel that shuffles the teen-dystopia deck with some Narnia-style fantasy... Designer and illustrator Juman Malouf sets quite a few plates spinning in The Trilogy of Two, her first novel. She keeps it all whirling with aplomb and no broken crockery - a bit of a circus performer herself. Plus, her line drawings are exquisite' - Vanity Fair
'Whimsical... Malouf shows enough talent to stand on her own where whimsy and intrigue are concerned' - Time Magazine