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horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Wildwitch 1: Wildfire
by Lene Kaaberbol
Age Range: 9-11
Nearly twelve-year-old Clara has a normal life, or so she thinks. She lives with her journalist mother, goes to the local school and loves spending time with her best-friend Oscar. But everything changes after an encounter with an enormous scary black cat. As Clara is wracked with fever after being scratched by the cat her distraught mother knows there is only one solution: to take Clara on a visit to her Aunt Isa who lives in the wild woods.
With the help of her Aunt, Clara is introduced to her true nature – a Wildwitch who can communicate with animals, and harness the magical powers of the natural world around her. But before Clara can even absorb the enormity of her newfound abilities, she is confronted by a powerful enemy, Chimera. Now Clara begins to understand that, in the wild world, she will have to learn to use her skills well in order to combat Chimera and her dastardly tricks.
Wildwitch Wildfire is a magical adventure from award-winning Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl and translated by Charlotte Barslund. Kaaberbøl weaves an engaging story combining fantasy with the natural world. This is the first in the 'Wildwitch' series which won the ORLA prize, the biggest Danish children's book award. Book two, Wildwitch: Oblivion will be published in 2016.
Other titles by Kaaberbøl available in English are: the 'Shamer Chronicles', Hodder Children's Books (2002); Silverhorse (2008) and Midnight (2009) Macmillan.