Author(s): Christina Balit
When the messenger rode across our narrow bridge, I was looking out of a window. My blood seemed to stop its journey around my body when I saw the livery of Uther Pendragon. That's the second sight. All the women in our family have it to some extent...In this dramatic retelling, based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Britain's legendary King Arthur and the tales surrounding him are viewed from the perspective of eight women. Determined and resourceful, they drive the Camelot story through love, hate, intrigue, enchantment and tragedy as, one by one, their voices come swirling out of the mists of time to tell their stories.
There were some very powerful women at Camelot and this book redresses the balance with all those heroic knights. Christina Balit's illustrations are pretty scary and characters like Morgan le Fay, Morgause and Nime will delight feisty girls. Blackbird Pie
MARY HOFFMAN has written over 100 books for children that range from picture books to teenage fiction. Amazing Grace and the other titles featuring the resourceful and imaginative Grace have received enormous critical acclaim and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. Her other picture books for Frances Lincoln include The Colour of Home and An Angel Just Like Me as well as the hugely successful Great Big Book of Families, illustrated by Ros Asquith, which won the 2011 SLA Information Book Award. Mary lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband and three Burmese cats. For more information about Mary, visit her website: www.maryhoffman.co.uk CHRISTINA BALIT was born in Manchester but grew up in the Middle East. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and also attended Morley Theatre School and Questors Theatre School. She has exhibited widely and is also a playwright. Her books have won several nominations, commendations and a shortlist place for the Kate Greenway Medal. Kingdom of the Sun (written by Jaqueline Mitton), won the 2002 English Association Award for non-fiction.