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Jessica Townsend Jessica Townsend i(11160302 works by)
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Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, but has lived on and off in London for a few years. She was a copywriter for eight years, and in a previous role, was the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo.

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y separately published work icon Wundersmith : The Calling of Morrigan Crow Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2018 13454852 2018 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good.

'Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She's hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery - but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan's unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?

'Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Indie Awards Children's
y separately published work icon Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow Sydney : Lothian Children's Books , 2017 11160400 2017 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.' (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Younger Readers
2019 nominated International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
2018 shortlisted Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards Fiction
2018 winner Booksellers Choice Award
2018 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2018 winner International Awards Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Younger Readers
2018 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2018 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2018 shortlisted The Readings Children’s Book Prize
2018 winner Indie Awards Children's
2017 winner Indie Awards Book of the Year
2017 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division
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