Author(s): Jaclyn Moriarty
I was taken by Whisperers at 2pm, so I never pulled the lever for the laundry chute. That's what bothered me most. This is way ahead in the story, though. A lot happened before that. The town of Spindrift is frequented by pirates, Shadow Mages and charlatans. It's also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school are in an all-out war. And then Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen, Witches, Sirens and a deadly magical flu invade the town, and all attempts to fight back are met with defeat. Finlay, Honey Bee and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness, rescue the stolen children, and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers? And who are the two mysterious figures watching them from the shadows? From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.
Finlay and Honey Bee attend different schools in the town of Spindrift - Finlay, the Orphanage School, and Honey Bee, the posh Bratheltwaite Boarding School. Following accusations of cheating during the annual Spindrift Tournament, the two schools' athletics teams seek revenge which soon escalates into all-out war. But there is an actual war building, children are disappearing, and a detention camp for magical people is set up in town. Can the children of Spindrift find a way to work together and save their friends? Can they figure out what the Whispering Kingdom is up to? And who are those two mysterious figures watching them from the shadows?
Set 15 years before The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, there are boarding school rivalries, witches and dragons, time travel, misunderstood villains, twists and turns, lots of running, and two great protagonists in Finlay and Honey Bee - you'll come to love them so much it will be hard to say goodbye. Told in (mostly) alternating chapters, both characters have very strong and very different voices and their bickering can be very funny.
This is such a crackerjack tale (as Finlay would say) and a great introduction to Bronte Mettlestone for those who missed out on my favourite book of 2017. It's an excellent way of getting boys into this series and I cannot wait for the next book!
An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the highly-acclaimed author of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone and the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl.
Shortlisted CBCA 2019 Awards - Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Jaclyn Moriarty is well-known as the prize-winning, bestselling author of novels for young adults (and sometimes for slightly older adults). A former media and entertainment lawyer, Jaclyn's books include the Ashbury-Brookfield series and the Colours of Madeleine trilogy. The first two books in that trilogy were both awarded the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the Queensland Literary Award. Jaclyn grew up in Sydney, lived in the US, the UK and Canada, and now lives in Sydney again. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone was shortlisted for the Readings Children's Prize, the Aurealis Award and longlisted for the CBC Book of the Year awards and was the first she has written for younger readers.