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FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 104 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 07/07/2022 ISBN: 9781800900981


Katya Balen, illus by Richard Johnson

Barrington Stoke

Following a traumatic accident, a special friendship helps talented musician Annie heal and rediscover her love of music in this stunning novella from celebrated author Katya Balen.

After a devastating car crash, Annie is unable to play her flute and retreats from the music she’s always loved. She exists in a world of angry silence – furious with her mum and furious she can’t seem to play her beloved flute any more. Then she meets Noah, who shows her the blackbirds’ nest hidden in the scrubland near their flats. As their friendship grows, the blackbird’s glorious song reignites Annie’s passion for music. But when tragedy strikes again, will her fragile progress be put at risk?

Selling Points

  • Moving, sensitively written story exploring trauma, anxiety and complex family relationships.
  • Rising star Katya Balen is one of the most exciting voices in children’s fiction – her debut novel The Space We’re In was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, while October, October has been longlisted for the 2022 Blue Peter Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.
  • Striking cover artwork and illustrations from award-winning artist Richard Johnson provide a gorgeous commercial look to sit perfectly next to Katya’s other titles.
  • Publication to be supported by a range of stunning display material, a physical proof mailing and social media assets.


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