It’s World Book Day!
What a week. First pancake day, today World Book Day, Saturday is International Women’s Day – all my favourite days in one week!
But today has a special place in my heart as it is my first World Book Day as a published author. Woohoo!
Yes, that’s right, the first World Book Day since my debut novel, Greta and Boris: A Daring Rescuewas published by Our Street books.
So if you fancy treating yourself to a fabulous read, I would heartily recommend you get yourself a copy toot sweet.
But what’s it about, I hear you ask!
Well, it’s about a girl called Greta. On the first day of the summer holidays, she wakes up to find her cat, Boris, has been kidnapped by the Rat King. Why? Because Boris is no ordinary cat. He is the Prince of Cats!
The Kingdom of Cats know that Greta is the only person in the world who can rescue Boris, as she loves him more than any other living thing. But they also know she can’t do it alone. So they send their bravest warrior, Kyrie, to help her on her journey. Together, the pair go on a magical adventure to rescue Boris from the Rat King’s clutches. They climb the staircase of autumn leaves, cross the Milky Sea, end the war between the mice tribes and face the terror of the millpond of truth.
Sounds good huh?
Here’s an excerpt to get you hooked:
Swish, swish, was the sound that broke into the stillness of the night. Swish, swish, accompanied with scampering and scratching of claws and paws, rushing forward through grass and fallen leaves towards the palace. And if anyone had been awake to hear it, they would have heard that each scurrying paw-step was landing in time, in the rhythm of a march. A soft thud, thud, swish, swish, echoed through the sleepy kingdom, as only the moon looked down on the onward journey of an army that didn’t want to be seen.
The cats slept on, oblivious to the menace that was slowly surrounding them.
The pack of marching creatures started to head up the hill where the palace stood, imposing and magnificent. In the moonlight, the towering building looked even more beautiful and impressive. The rainbow-colored tiles glistened like tiny fairy lights, a blinding spectacle that illuminated the hills and villages below it. The army continued to advance. As the moonlight reflected off their furry backs, it became increasingly obvious which creatures of the animal kingdom were threatening the peaceful palace of the cats. And there could be no doubt at all, when one of the marching many kicked a stone and let loose a wild and pained ‘SQUEAK!’ before hastily being seen to and told off by the leader of the procession.
The moon could see the horrible truth below her now, yet from her lofty place in the sky was powerless to stop it. It was an army of rats. The rats had invaded the Kingdom of Cats. Under the cover of darkness, safe in the knowledge that every kitten, tom and queen would be sleeping soundly, they had made their cowardly advance, confident that no-one would be able to stop them.
I like it, but I wrote it. What do other people think? Well, journalist, broadcaster and writer Bidisha
is a fan. She liked it so much, she wrote:
Greta and Boris is touching, exciting, cheeky and vivid, with wonderful characters, a strong narrative and sudden delightful details. It is an adventure that is both heartstopping and heartmelting, at once sentimental and comfortingly predictable. The story’s sprinkled with sparkling details, with each location fully realised and a joy to traverse.
So, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself this World Book Day with a fabulous, feminist, fantastic, feline adventure. It’s got cats, it’s got peril and – most importantly of all – it’s got two feisty female leads who will inspire your daughters and your sons.
And one more thing…
Today is my friend’s first World Book Day as a published author too! What’s more, he’s my publisher stable mate. So if a Dantean journey through Victorian London is more your thing this World Book Day, and you’re a lover of beautifully written Gothic horror with a political edge, get yourself a copy of Ben Gwalchmai’s Purefinder
. Look, I reviewed
it, so you know it’s good.