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The Song from Somewhere Else
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A. F. Harrold Levi Pinfold
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The Song from Somewhere Else

A. F. Harrold Levi Pinfold


Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Fantasy » Urban Fantasy;
Fantasy » Magic;
Young Adult » Kids


240 pages

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Frank thought her summer couldn't get any worse - until big, weird, smelly Nick Underbridge rescues her from a bully, and she winds up at his house.

Frank quickly realizes there's more to Nick than meets the eye. When she's at his house, she hears the strangest, most beautiful music, music which leads her to a mysterious, hidden door. Beyond the door are amazing creatures that she never even dreamed could be real. For the first time in forever, Frank feels happy... and she and Nick start to become friends.

But Nick's incredible secrets are also accompanied by great danger. Frank must figure out how to help her new friend, the same way that he has helped her.

Paired with gorgeous black-and-white illustrations from Levi Pinfold, acclaimed author A. F. Harrold weaves a powerful story about unlikely friendship, strange magic, and keeping the shadows at bay.

Awards for The Song from Somewhere Else:

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017

By:   A. F. Harrold
Illustrated by:   Levi Pinfold
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781681197883
ISBN 10:   168119788X
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   March 2019
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A.F. Harrold is an English poet and author who writes and performs for both children and adults. His novel The Imaginary was a Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book. He is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, and one beard. He spends his spare time showing off onstage, in schools, and at home, and his non-spare time sitting around, stroking his beard and writing things down. He lives in Reading, England, with a stand-up comedian and two cats. Levi Pinfold has been drawing from imagination for as long as he can remember. He is the author and illustrator of The Django, The Greenling, and Black Dog. Born in the Forest of Dean, he has somehow found himself living in northern Australia. He likes paintings, books, music, and some cats.

A.F. Harrold's work is masterfully paced and stunningly crafted . . . Levi Pinfold's striking black-and-white illustrations add mood, creating a reading experience similar to Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls with the chills and growing terror of Neil Gaiman's Coraline. - starred review, Shelf Awareness Strong characterizations and a good dose of spookiness are standouts in this illustrated novel . . . Hand to fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, Holly Black's Doll Bones, and other books that balance scariness and substance. - starred review, School Library Journal Pinfold's atmospheric illustrations, darkly menacing and mysterious by turns, add to the contemporary folk-tale atmosphere . . . Captivating. - starred review, Kirkus Reviews Fairy tale, fable, and dream . . . Harrold's incisive, poetic way with words . . . intensifies the vague darkness of his otherworldly imagery. Pinfold's shadowy art deepens the story's air of mystery and threat. - starred review, The Horn Book Magazine A haunting, sorrowful story tinged with magic and hope. - Wall Street Journal Friendship, acceptance, trust, and decency weave their magic throughout Harrold's tale . . . Lush black-and-white illustrations by Pinfold enhance the secrecy, wonder, and mood of the story. - Booklist British poet Harrold writes with an engaging voice rich with character . . . Spot illustrations and immersive double-page black and white drawings are captivating in their intricacy and melancholy, blending perfectly with the poignant tone that resonates through the whole novel. - BCCB Harrold offers an appealingly childcentric world with hefty doses of scare and malevolence . . . Wonderfully entertaining. - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on THE IMAGINARY [An] inventive mix of humor and suspense . . . A great choice for readers who like fantastic tales with a dose of true scariness. - starred review, School Library Journal on THE IMAGINARY Most affecting and lovely when describing powerful relationships. - The New York Times Book Review on THE IMAGINARY Pinfold's story has a timeless quality . . . A great pick for storytime, bedtime, anytime. - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on BLACK DOG Fear, fun, and just dripping with beauty. - starred review, School Library Journal on BLACK DOG Quirky, funny, and often heart-stopping. - starred review, Booklist on BLACK DOG Pinfold's interiors are crammed with quirky detail. - starred review, Publishers Weekly on BLACK DOG

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