Barbara Wade Rose has made the transition from award winning journalist to children’s book author with the release of Marabel.
Marabel is charmingly billed as a “tale for old-soul children and childish adults” and that’s a pretty good description. It recaptures the magic of books written in a by-gone age of such novels as The Secret Garden.
The story is told from the point of view of young Marabel. Her father is absent because of the war while she remains at the School for White-Blouse Professions in London, with her mother (the headmistress) and her younger brother. Adventures soon begin in an old-school manner in a rich, well told, charasmatic and graceful tale.
Quests from royalty, magical twists and turns a West Highland terrier called Angus with his eyes on the throne and mysterious family links all make for a very special story which will enthrall the whole family.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a kid’s book like this. It’s fun, adventure, and a remarkable protagonist, and also has a depth in it which you don’t always find in children’s books.
MARABEL is available in paperback (£5.95) and ebook (£2.95). Find out more at barbarawaderosebooks.com.