A Girl Called Owl

By Amy Wilson
Owl cover



It's bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you've got a dad you've never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there's not a lot of room for much else.

So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she's tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it. Could her strange new powers be linked to her mysterious father? And what will happen when she enters the magical world of winter for the first time?

A glittering story of frost and friendship, with writing full of magic and heart, A Girl Called Owl is a stunning debut about family, responsibility and the beauty of the natural world.

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[a] magical debut * The Bookseller * Frozen this is not. * Observer * At its core, Wilson's debut is a story of friendship and the warmth of family, shot through with the magic of winter and the resonance of ancient myths and legends. * INIS Reading Guide * A fantastical coming-of-age tale of magic, love and mystery * INIS Reading Guide * A story of wild winds and bitter frosts with the warmth of friendship at its heart. -- Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher A winter treat full of frosty magic -- Katherine Woodfine, bestselling author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow This debut is a sparklingly frosty read, full of feisty characters, myth and mystery * Daily Mail * [a] magical debut * The Bookseller * a perfect read for those who love wintery magic and a strong female character proving her place in the world. * BookTrust * As well as exploring ancient legends, this book explores themes of friendship and identity, and it works very well as a coming-of-age story with characters you genuinely care about. * Books for Keeps * Absolutely breathtaking -- Judith, age 11 - Lovereadingkids reader reviewer A magical and enchanting story about the mystical world of winter . . . [with] adventure, power, trust, friendship and discovery. -- Freya, age 13 - Lovereading4kids reader review Full of mystery with every turn of the page -- Rose, age 11 - Lovereading4kids reader review A chillingly good adventure about family, friendship and the delicate balance of nature. An engaging read for fans of Narnia. * Drawing on Books blog * a spectacular portrayal of nature and its many faces, interweaving legend, fairy-tale, perseverance and friendship into a story that teaches that love and strength can be found in the most unlikely people. * Typewritered Blog * [D]eftly integrates figures from folkore and ancient mythology into the wider narrative of family, friendship and identity * Primary Times * An impressive coming-of-age debut novel, A Girl Called Owl combines elements of mystery, adventure, romance, fantasy and folklore, while set in the contemporary world. * SLA * A fantastical coming-of-age tale of magic, love and mystery. * INIS reading guide *

Author Biography

Amy Wilson has a background in journalism and lives in Bristol with her young family. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing and has many owls in her house, from drawer handles to cushions. She is still waiting for them to speak to her...