Gather up your courage and your wishes; grab a little pinch of luck - and prepare to be swept away, in a ship of your own making, to a land unlike any other.
Catherynne M. Valente began September's adventures in instalments on the Web; the project won legions of fans and also the CultureGeek Best Web Fiction of the Decade award. She lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Maine. She has written many novels for adults, but this is her children's book debut.
A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.An Alice in Wonderland for the 21st century... So effortless, so vivid, so funny. Every page has a phrase or observation to savour and her characters are wondrous creations. - Sunday TelegraphGet swept away by this charming book - VogueBundles of imagination and wry wit... This is a sophisticated world of forfeits, paradoxes and tricks. - Financial TimesA mad, toothsome romp of a fairy tale - full of oddments, whimsy, and joy.Pure escapism - Bliss magazineA whole esoteric world of whimsy - Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia. - Independent on SundaySweet fairytale, shot through with salty tears - magic! Like all the very best young adult novels, this is a book that can (and should be!) enjoyed by grown-ups too.