Walker Books Australia to publish new middle-grade fiction by Alison Croggon
Walker Books Australia will publish Alison Croggon’s first middle-grade fantasy adventure, The Threads of Magic, in March 2020.
The book follows a young pickpocket, Pip, who lives on his wits in the city of Clarel and finds himself in possession of a curious object: a dried-out heart that is trying to communicate with him.
‘The seed of the tale was the mystery around the Lost Dauphin, the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who was imprisoned and then disappeared during the Revolution,’ Croggon told Books+Publishing. ‘His heart was reportedly stolen and pickled by a doctor who did an autopsy. The Threads of Magic spiraled out of that central horrible image of a dead boy’s heart, but it very quickly took on a life of its own!’