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A thrilling adventure aboard a magical steam train!
A new children’s classic for fans of Roald Dahl,
Hayao Miyazaki and The Chronicles of Narnia.


About the book

The Polar Express meets FernGully in a timeless new adventure by the bestselling author of The Magicians, Lev Grossman.

Kate wasn’t expecting much when she wrote to her wealthy estranged uncle to ask for a birthday present. Certainly she wasn’t expecting a colossal steam train called the Silver Arrow to arrive on her doorstep.

Despite parental misgivings, curiosity overwhelms Kate and her brother Tom and they climb aboard, only for the train’s engine to roar into life. Soon they reach a train station where an assortment of strange and beautiful creatures are waiting with tickets in their mouths, and Kate and Tom begin to understand that their job will be to see them safely home – if they can.

Lev Grossman’s first children’s book is a journey you’ll never forget: a rip-roaring adventure from desert plains to snow-covered mountains and everything in between. Packed with exciting creatures from the indignant porcupine to the lost polar bear and the adorable baby pangolin, The Silver Arrow is a classic story about saving our endangered animals and the places they live.

With unmissable marketing, PR and beautiful Point of Sale, The Silver Arrow will be the most magical children’s book of Christmas 2020!



Why we love The Silver Arrow



About the author

Lev Grossman is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Magicians trilogy, which has also become a successful TV series. Previously an award-winning journalist who interviewed the likes of Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling, The Silver Arrow is his first foray into the world of children’s literature. He lives in New York City with his Australian wife and three children.


Why did Lev Grossman write a children’s book?

“I have three kids of my own, so I’ve spent the past 10 years reading middle-grade books aloud nonstop.

Their favourites are those smart, funny, classic novels like Dahl or Lewis or Blyton or Edward Eager, that welcome you in but also challenge you and don’t talk down to you.

But there’s only so many of them — one of the reasons I wrote this book is that we’d run out of Dahl!”


A special message for Australian Booksellers


WIN an advance copy of The Silver Arrow

For your chance to win an advance reading copy, be one of the first to email Bloomsbury with ‘SILVER ARROW’ in the subject line. Please note we can only deliver to Australian addresses.




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