There May Be a Castle
By Piers Torday
An astounding, unforgettable winter's tale from the award-winning, bestselling Piers Torday
A remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from an award-winning, celebrated writer for children.
On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents.
They never arrive.
As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company.
And they tell him: this is your story now.
So begins Mouse's extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.
All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.
But why is Mouse looking for a castle? As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make ...
This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.
Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The third book in the trilogy, The Wild Beyond, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. His next book for children, There May Be A Castle, will be published in October 2016.
The son of the late Paul Torday (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) Piers recently completed his father's final unfinished novel, The Death of an Owl.
In regular demand as a speaker at schools and festivals, Piers is also a reading helper with Beanstalk, a former judge on the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a Patron of Reading at Heathmere School and a trustee of the Pleasance Theatre.
Born in Northumberland, Piers now lives in London with his husband and hopefully a cat.
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- Publication date:
05 Oct 2017
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Quercus Children's Books
Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure ... Torday understands the lot of the younger sibling, the power of the imagination to heal and the strong, irregular rhythms of grief — The Times
Heartbreaking, surprising, uplifting - Mouse's snowbound journey is one you'll remember for a long, long time. There May Be a Castle proves that stories matter. They really do — The Bookbag
Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today — The Guardian
Original, ingenious and bold ... I am still reeling. — The Sunday Times
Brimming with humour and excitement ... beautifully described and the tension never breaks — Philip Womack, Scoop
Heart-warming and heart-wrenching ... another fantastic tale from Piers Torday and one not to miss. — Carousel
An outstanding book and a future classic — School Librarian
Mesmerising and overwhelming with emotion. — Booktrust
Full marks ... for a story not afraid to take on some of the fundamentals of life while still managing to preserve the lightest of touches — Books For Keeps
If you were to dislike this book, I would not be your friend! — Omer (aged 11)
Not many books change readers' views of the world, this might be one of them. — LoveReading4Kids
The narrative is skillfully strung together and the ending deeply surprising, challenging the norms of what might be expected in a children's novel, which is all to the good. — Philip Womack, Literary Review
A magical new adventure from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize. — WRD About Books
A gripping, memorable adventure which celebrates the power and scope of our imagination — The School Run
A remarkable story of about love and loss from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize — Hexham Courant
Original in its accurate representation of the actual experience of children and its satirical approach to the fantastical ... this novel works emotional truth and tension into its adventure and comedy — The Sunday Times
Piers Torday...is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure. — The Times