Illustrator: Beatriz Castro
Published by Orion Children's Books on 12th October 2017
Genres: Children's, Fantasy
Source: Bought from Waterstones
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Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - the most fantastical children's release of the year.Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears.
Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society.
In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart - an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city and confront her deadly fate once and for all.
Reviewed by Alex
I really like adventure stories and stories that are set in a different world to ours. Nevermoor had loads of adventure and was set in a world that was very different to ours! I loved it!
Mum started reading Nevermoor right before we were going to a book signing that Jessica Townsend was going to be at. She wasn’t very far in to it when she told me that she thought I would love it. Luckily, Mum was reading Nevermoor on her Kindle so that left our hardback copy for me to read. I was hooked straight away and soon I was further past Mum, even though she started before me! I finished it on the train on our way to the signing yesterday and I had to keep everything a secret until Mum had finished. Mum kept on telling me her predictions about what was going to happen and I had to try to keep quiet, even though she was right about most of the things! She’s finished now and loved it just as much as me!
I think Morrigan Crow was really nice even though people weren’t always nice to her. And she was very brave. I loved all of her adventures and trials, especially the Chase Trial! Morrigan’s friend Hawthorne was one of my favourite characters and I hope he’s going to be in book two a lot.
There is so much adventure in this book, I just wanted to keep reading and reading to find out what would happen next.
I only finished Nevermoor yesterday but I’m going to start Wundersmith really soon. I can’t wait to see what else happens to Morrigan now.
Here are some photos of me reading Nevermoor on the train yesterday and me and Casper meeting Jessica Townsend at Waterstones in Durham…