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'An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel' -- MICHAEL MORPURGO
'An exquisite children's book' -- THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 50 BEST BOOKS 2019
'Brims with courage and adventure' -- THE BOOKSELLER
'A spellbinding tale of bravery and hope' -- GILL LEWIS, AUTHOR OF SKY HAWK
'Move over WAR HORSE...Enchanting...Beautifully written'
-- THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK
'A stunning debut...Fargher's skill is to invest her hero with the complexity of a human being' -- THE OLDIE
'A charming debut' -- THE iNEWSPAPER, 30 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2019
'A beautifully imagined wartime adventure'
-- CLARE FAYERS, AUTHOR OF THE ACCIDENTAL PIRATES
'The wartime setting is vivid and completely convincing and Pip and her animal comrades are beguiling characters' -- LOVE READING FOR KIDS
'[A]n alternative narrative that is both immersive and engaging, making this a potential modern day classic that KS2 children and older will truly enjoy'
-- ARMADILLO MAGAZINE
A timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship, THE UMBRELLA MOUSE is a heart-stopping adventure drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII. It was awarded the 2019 Sainsbury's Book Prize for Fiction, selected for Waterstones Book of the Month and The Telegraph's and The Week Junior's Children's Book of the Week, longlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and listed in the Sunday Telegraph's 50 Best Books of 2019 and the iNewspaper's 30 Best Children's Books of 2019.
1944, and London is under attack. Young mouse Pip Hanway's safe and quiet world is turned upside down when her home, umbrella shop James Smith & Sons, is destroyed by a bomb. Orphaned and alone, she must begin a perilous quest to find a new home.
But the only way to get there is by joining Noah’s Ark, a secret gang of animals fighting with the resistance in France, operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. Danger is everywhere and as the enemy closes in, Pip must risk everything to save her new friends.
Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Anna Fargher's debut novel takes you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures.
'The best animal adventures since Margery Sharpe's THE RESCUERS'
-- NEW STATESMAN
'Pip Hanway's wartime adventures are brought to vivid life in the beautifully realised sequel to the acclaimed THE UMBRELLA MOUSE'
'Fargher's sequel will warm your heart, surprise you, stir your emotions and leave you with an overriding feeling of victory and hope'
--BOOKS FOR TOPICS
'Pip's adventures have moments of tension and danger aplenty, certainly enough to keep readers absorbed, while the idea of these extraordinary things happening to the smallest of creatures will enthral and inspire them'
'A perfect war-time adventure with a brilliant cast of animal characters'
August 1944, and young mouse Pip Hanway is in France, fighting with the French Resistance group Noah's Ark - a secret gang of animals operating beneath the feet of the human soldiers. The war is coming to an end and Pip dreams of reaching her ancestral home inside the umbrella museum in Italy.
But as Pip and her friends make the perilous journey to Paris through occupied territory, she soon realizes that danger comes from all sides and she must sacrifice everything to fight for freedom.
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the award-winning The Umbrella Mouse, based on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII and beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher.
'Another gripping novel from the author of THE UMBRELLA MOUSE, this doesn't pull its punches on cruelty to animals' -- THE DAILY MAIL
'Catnip for lovers of animals, history and adventure'
-- THE TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK
'Heart pounding and overflowing with adventure. You won't be able to put it down' -- CARLIE SOROSIAK, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF I, COSMO
'A breathtaking adventure which blazes through the historic streets of London like the Great Fire of London' -- CHRIS CALLAGHAN, AUTHOR OF THE GREAT CHOCOPLOT
'A nail-biting adventure with heroic cats and fierce bears and a rather wonderful raven called JEt. It had me captivated from the start' -- JUDITH EAGLE, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ACCIDENTAL STOWAWAY
'A fantastic and historical animal adventure full of heart and hope with stunning illustrations by Sam Usher -- A.M. HOWELL, AUTHOR OF THE SECRET OF THE TREASURE KEEPERS
'This wonderful & warm story from Anna Fargher took me back to that special feeling of spending time with new animal friends' -- LESLEY PARR, AUTHOR OF WHEN THE WAR CAME HOME
Step into historic London and follow two young wildcats caught in the Great Fire, in THE FIRE CATS OF LONDON; a story of daring, courage and loyalty from the bestselling, award-winning author of THE UMBRELLA MOUSE, Anna Fargher. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Sam Usher.
Young wildcats, Asta and Ash, find themselves captured and taken from their home in the forest and taken to an apothecary shop in the heart of London in 1666, when fear and superstition are rife. Asta's determination to escape captivity and return to the wild takes her on a perilous race against time foil a dangerous plot that threatens the city and her brother, Ash, as the flames of the Great Fire take hold.
Asta and Ash will take you on an inspiring journey around London during the most infamous fire in British history.
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