Age: 8 - 12
Publication Date: 01-06-2013
Format: Pb, 198mm x 129mm x 7mm
Extent: 112 pages
A friend like Layla comes along once in a lifetime.
Griffin’s daddy used to say that Layla had been sent to comfort them after Tishkin went away, ‘like an arm about their shoulders, a candle in the dark or like golden syrup dumplings for the soul’.
When Senior Citizens' Day is announced at school, Layla wishes for someone special to take. It is then that the intriguing Miss Amelie comes into their lives. Through their new friendship, Layla and Griffin learn the importance of memories, generosity of spirit, and the small miracles that warm the heart.
In Glenda Millard’s beautifully written and multi-award-winning Kingdom of Silk series, set in the evocatively realized Australian countryside, we meet the uncommon Silk family. Parents Ben and Annie Silk have a brood of five daughters (‘the Rainbow Girls’), a son named Griffin, Griffin’s best friend Layla who ‘might as well be a Silk’, Nell - the ‘tiny bit magic’ fairy grandmother, and Perry Angel – an adopted son who joins the Silk family midway through the series.
Through these whimsical, lyrical stories, Glenda Millard writes about families like no other writer writes about families. The books explore important themes of love, loss, friendships, home and belonging, in ways that pull at the heartstrings but are never over-sentimental. Honey for the soul.
Poignant and lovely. Millard has that rare gift of making you feel in a few pages that you’ve known these characters, and this place, always.
Daniel Hahn, Independent on Sunday (Best Children’s Books of 2013)
A beautiful and touching story about an unusual friendship... A delicate and thoughtful read.
Parents in Touch
Beautiful, dream-like and atmospheric drawings from illustrator Stephen Michael King complement Millard’s unforgettable and ethereal story which is ideal to read aloud to younger children and guaranteed to delight all generations of the family.
Lancashire Evening Post
About the author and illustrator
Glenda Millard is an author of multi award-winning children's picture books and novels including, Isabella's Garden, A Small Free Kiss in the Dark and the Kingdom of Silk series.She was born in the Goldfields region of Central Victoria, Australia, and has lived in the area all her life. The communities she has lived in and the surrounding landscapes have provided a rich source of inspiration and settings for many of her stories. To visit Glenda Millard's website, click here.
Stephen Michael King is an Australian children's author and illustrator, with over fifty titles to his name. To visit Stephen Michael King's website, click here.
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