Twister picked as children’s book of the week for The Sunday Times.

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I am delighted that Twister has been selected by Nicolette Jones at The Sunday Times for children’s book of the week, especially when there are so many brilliant novels around at the moment. It was not something I expected, so it has been a wonderful surprise and a terrific boost to the old confidence. Whatever next?

Twister. The Book Trust’s Book of the Day.

I am so delighted the Book Trust has chosen Twister to be their Book of the Day. A huge thank you for reading and reviewing the book. This means so much to me.

Twister’s father has gone missing. Her mother is depressed, and people are accusing her father of starting a fatal fire. Even school is horrible now, despite Twister’s love for learning, and other than her Aunt Honey and her dog Point she feels that everyone is now against her. Then one day Twister finds a magic necklace with transformative powers. Will this discovery help her to find her missing father, or will the dark forces looking for the necklace be too much for Twister?

Forrest has created a compelling protagonist, with all the hallmarks of a great heroine. Twister is brave, smart, strong willed but also relatable in her adolescent uncertainty about herself and the world around her. While magic features heavily, it does not detract from the emotional pull and character development that are so key to this book. The story rolls from hilarity to horror, and even extremely touching and heart-wrenching moments, without missing a beat and never feeling forced.

 

Irresistible, warm and fierce as a summer storm: it’s Twister.

 

Thank you to the wonderful children, teachers and bloggers who have taken the time to read and write reviews about Twister. And I didn’t even have to offer up one bribe. Honest.

This story takes you on a journey of emotions. If you were to use it in English lessons, it would be a great text to challenge your class. If just used as a class story, all would enjoy.” Sophie Bartlett, Year 6 teacher, Rivermead Primary School, Berkshire.

Twitter is as irresistible, warm and fierce as a summer storm and many a young reader will dream of having her bravery and strength. A book not to be missed.” Linda Lawlor, The Bookbag.

After reading this book, I see the world as a place to be free, to be wild, to be yourself.” Eliza Varga, Year 6, Rivermead Primary School, Berkshire.

Twister is a fantastic, all-action adventure with thrills, chills and mystery aplenty, and with an inspirational heroine who is gutsy, fierce and loyal, and more than ready to tackle her enemies, whether they come from the real world or places of fantasy and magic. Gritty, exciting, inspirational… and not to be missed!” PNorfolk Book Reviews.

An original, powerful story which mixes magic and at times brutal reality, ‘Twister’ is a compelling read. Twister herself is an intriguing character, loyal and spirited. Her voice is beautifully captured, with her dry commentary on the actions of those around and her wonderful turn of phrase.” North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award.

Sharp as a pin, brave as a bear and kind, loyal and clever as you could hope, Twister would give Hermione Granger, Lyra Belacqua and Scout Finch a run for their money.” Scoop the Mag.

I would recommend it to adult readers, because then they can learn and understand about young children’s problems and feelings.” Shruthi Moka, Year 6, Rivermead Primary School, Berkshire.