From the acclaimed author of The Forest of Moon and Sword comes a new middle-grade adventure. When Nico Cloud climbs aboard her famous aunt's ship, Anthos, she doesn't realise it's about to leave on a scientific voyage. Can Nico help her aunt to change the world?
1815. Twelve-year-old Nico Cloud is obsessed with science and maps; "fossils are the past and seeds are the future." Her parents have no time for her outlandish opinions - after all, a girl's work is embroidery.
After overhearing that her parents plan to send her away to boarding school, Nico goes in search of her aunt Ruth, a famous scientist who has a life she can only dream of. Nico climbs aboard her ship, Anthos to take a quick look. Then... the ship moves, and Nico is still on it.
If she is to stay on the great ship destined for voyage and discovery, she must help her aunt with important research. But there are male scientists on their tail. With the help of cabin boy, Matteo, and a kitten called Astra, can Nico outsmart them? Can Nico guide Anthos to victory... can she change the world?
Amy Raphael is a British writer and critic who has worked for The Face, Esquire, Elle, NME, Rolling Stone and all the British broadsheets. Her books include Danny Boyle in Conversation with Amy Raphael and Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh. She co-wrote Easily Distracted, Steve Coogan's autobiography, and worked with David Hare on his memoir, The Blue Touch Paper. She lives in Brighton with her daughter.