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Children's Book of the Month

A reason to read...

A brilliant new chapter book for children, from number one bestselling author Matt Haig and featuring illustrations throughout by the award-winning Emily Gravett.



Evie and the Animals

Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent. A SUPERTALENT. A talent that can let her HEAR the thoughts of an elephant, and make friends with a dog and a sparrow. The only problem is, this talent is dangerous. VERY dangerous. That's what her dad says. So when she frees the school rabbit from its tiny hutch, she vows to keep her talent a secret.

But after a face-to-face encounter with a lion, things start to go very wrong.

Her dad - and every animal in town - is now in danger.

Evie is determined to save them. And to find the truth of her own past. To do that she must battle a mysterious man with a talent more powerful than any other. As time runs out, she must seek help from the animals, and finally DARE TO BE HERSELF?

Meet the author - Matt Haig

As well as being a number one bestselling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages. In 2018, The Truth Pixie was a Sunday Times children's bestseller.

Meet the illustrator - Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. She left school with few qualifications and spent 8 years living on the road before settling back in Brighton and getting a place on the BA(Hons) Illustration course at Brighton University. 

Her first picture book Wolves was published in August 2005 to great acclaim, winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and a clutch of other awards it marked the beginning of a stellar career creating extraordinary books for children. 

Emily has also won the Best Emerging Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards for Monkey and Me and the bronze award in the 6-8 age category at the Nestle Children's Book Prize for Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. In 2008 Emily was awarded the rare honour of a second CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears.

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