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Wick must prove himself to the Hobs and help them solve a serious problem that is threatening to destroy their homes and maybe even their entire species. Winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize, Harklights is a magical story celebrating family, friendship and the natural world, filled with a message of hope for our times.

Surrounded by other orphans who longs to have a family but who only knows the strict Old Ma Bogey, Wick builds small matchstick buildings and fills them with his dreams. He dreams only of escaping, until one day a bird drops something impossible and magical at his feet - a tiny baby in an acorn cradle. We see Wick learning the responsibilities of a Forest Keeper and how important it is to protect the environment.In fact, as I had a proof copy, my one regret is that I did not see all the illustrations, as they are beautifully rendered in black and white. How will he find a way to protect his new friends and the forest from the mysterious and foreboding danger that looms ever closer? There's nothing wrong, in principle, with attractively presenting children's literature - whatever gets kids reading is fine by me.

Wick is a spunky, likeable main character, even those some of the decisions and developments are too fast.

Usborne) Wick is determined that Bottletop should not know the worst of Ma Bogey’s regime at Harklights. I really liked the chase scene between Wick and the machine and then when he is triumphant in destroying it. After being released, they sprout trees beneath the circus causing it to be rise to the canopies, never to be used again. One of the greatest gifts, as a child growing up, is to be able to experience the wonder of the natural world. There are quite a few unanswered questions by the end, which I'm hoping means there will be a sequel.

And when his new world comes under threat, he must fight to save it - and save those he loves from his time in Harklights - from certain destruction.

Although the idea of a new life feels Wick with hope, knowing this is a real chance of a family, he is torn with the dilemma of leaving everyone else behind. Vonk is een boek dat zich typeert door een flink moraaltje maar is vooral een spannend en zeer sfeervol geïllustreerd verhaal over Wiek die keihard moet werken om te overleven in het weeshuis Vonk en verlangt naar een huis zoals hij die kan bouwen met verdwaalde luciferstokjes. What didn't work for me was that Wick seemed to become part of the Hob's community within days, and it felt too quick.

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