I’ve been reading a lot of MG fantasy recently so I was looking forward to trying a YA fantasy. Esme is 15 so I knew it would be a young YA, but really she reads as about twelve or thirteen and as such I’d have billed this as Upper MG, suitable for 10 to 13 year olds. So I’m still on the look out for a new YA fantasy (recommendations most welcome). Setting that aside, this is a totally delightful story. The prose is poetic and swept me straight into the world. I was intrigued by what had happened to her mother and had to keep reading. Oh and sorry, I mispronounced her name in my head the whole way though – apparently, it’s pronounced Es-mee – I always thought it was Es-may. Overall, definitely a book to check out.
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A warm-hearted, whimsical fantasy tale, with lashings of mystery, magic, and mythology, and prose that ‘flows like water.’ Prepare to fall in love with Esperance!
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she? But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know. After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
“A fresh new fantasy, of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, New York Times best selling author of Nim’s Island. This inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds. Esme’s Wish recently won first place in the fantasy category of the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which recognises excellence in children’s literature.
About the author
I read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago when reading to my own kids reminded me how much I missed getting lost in other worlds. It’s never too late to find and follow your passion! I now have two books published and am about to start writing the third and final story in the Esme series. My home base is Sydney, where I can often be found running (just kidding – walking) by the water, or scribbling in cafés.
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