How about I tell you a story of a young girl, who wanted to be all grown up and decided to stop believing in fairies, magic and monsters and then one day something unusual happened to her. Something scary, that will make her reconsider her new beliefs.
Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew Cox
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I received this copy from the publisher via Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.
Ten-year-old Emma doesn’t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night—until she meets one.
She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan’s fanciful bedtime stories silly.
One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child-stealing monster lurking in the forest. Nan tells her of the Banderwigh: a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children’s tears.
Darkness comes calling on Emma’s happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings. The impossible becomes more and more real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe. Her family depends on it.
Little Emma is trying so hard to be a responsible, clear-thinking girl. She wants to behave like an adult, doesn’t want to believe in monsters. But why would she? She’s still a child, why not let herself behave like one? Maybe she’s just scared, or maybe she wants to help her mom. Little does she know her mother more than believes in the strange creatures and magic, she knows it all exists. Continue reading “Review tour – Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew Cox”