An uncommonly good and magical tale of Ivy's adventures in Lundinor, a spellbinding city underneath London where ordinary objects have amazing powers.
Londoner Jennifer Bell began working in children's books as a specialist bookseller at Foyles, Charing Cross Road - one of the world's most famous bookstores. Here, she looked after the shop's five not-so-deadly piranha fish as well as recommending children's books to celebrities, royalty and even an astronaut! After having the privilege of listening to children talk about their favourite books for many years, she started writing one of her own. Jennifer came up with the idea of The Crooked Sixpence while packing for a holiday and wishing she could just disappear inside her suitcase and be there already. The magical world of Lundinor is inspired by sayings from traditional English nursery rhymes, and stories about the Cockney markets her grandparents used to visit.
"A fast-paced and quirky magical tale . . . Bell writes with great verve and imagination" -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * "The Crooked Sixpence moves at the speed of magic . . . peeling away the mundane surface of the world to reveal something richer and deeper. Bell's world is part Tim Burton, part J.K. Rowling . . . This is a terrific debut" -- Soman Chainani, author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL "This is a fast-paced and exciting adventure, featuring a Victorian-style otherworld, that will appeal to fans of the Harry Potter and Chrestomanci series . . . the book will appeal to both girls and boys. This is an extremely enjoyable read and a well-deserving addition to the magical fantasy genre" -- Andrea Rayner * booksforkeeps.co.uk * "A wonderfully intriguing mystery . . . Uncommonly good!" -- Chris Bradford, author of THE YOUNG SAMURAI series "Weird, whacky and utterly wonderful. Go to Lundinor. You won't ever want to come back" -- Joshua Khan, author of SHADOW MAGIC