One in a series of six super-natural themed short stories, Shadows and Light.
Other books in the series:
- The White Hare
- Mother Cary’s Butter Knife
- The Selkie’s Mate
- Elias Martin
- The Eel Question
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include The Promise (Green Earth Book Award 2015, Greenaway Shortlist 2015), Tiny (AAAS Subaru Prize 2015), and A First Book of Nature. She graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. Her other titles from Graffeg include Perfect and The Pond, nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Awards for 2017 and 2018 respectively.
‘Davies’ prose perfectly captures the volatility of the natural world and human emotion, and the scale of the desert and Azin’s sense of solitude within it is beautiful conveyed through Low’s vivid illustrations.’ Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads 2019-20
‘It is always a pleasure to see an obscure tale given a new life through adaptation and the latest offering in the Shadows and Light series is no exception. Azin, the youngest i a family of nomadic beekeepers, undertakes an arduous journey to save his family, accompanied only by his bees. It proves to be a journey of self-discovery as Azin learns about true and self-sacrifice. Low’s bold, stark illustrations are a highlight, effectively converting both the arid desert environment and Azin’s isolation within it.’ Inis Reading Guide 2018-19
‘This unusual, mythic-feeling story is one of a series of tales from Welsh publisher Graffeg that explore the deeper and sometimes darker side of our connection with the natural world. Asin’s journey is reminiscent of many fairy tales where a child journeys into a dangerous environment in search for a magical cure for his or family, and the imagery of the harsh yet magical mountains is full of resonance.’ BookTrust
‘These stories ask as many questions as they answer and highlight the strong ties that exist between nature and mankind; they beg us to seek a little deeper. Thought-provoking, haunting and swimming with the diverse beauty of the natural world.’ Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Stories
‘A children’s book to watch out for’ Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times