Set in Dublin and Siena, with its dizzying, dare-devil Palio horse race, Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald's third novel is about taking chances, being brave and learning the best way to see the world.
The third novel from bestselling Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Set in Dublin and Siena, with its dizzying, dare-devil Palio horse race, this is a story about taking chances, being brave and learning the best way to see the world.
Some people step through a wardrobe to find adventure, but Minty follows the twisty-turny trees into Nettlebog. There she finds Ned Buckley - the moody, mysterious boy who never talks at school. As Minty's world disintegrates around her she searches for refuge in Nettlebog, and she discovers more about Ned: he's able to ride wild horses. And he knows things about the human race that will save her.
Or there's a very good chance at least.
This book follows Sarah Moore Fitzgerald's debut novel BACK TO BLACKBRICK and Waterstones Prize shortlist THE APPLE TART OF HOPE.
The characters are well-drawn in this absorbing and thought-provoking timeslip novel. Sarah Moore Fitzgerald tells a moving and original story of love and loss with both humour and understanding. - BOOKTRUST on BACK TO BLACKBRICK
A tear-jerker with lessons in how to live life to the full. - THE SUNDAY TIMES on BACK TO BLACKBRICK
This beautiful novel is deceptively easy to read; the story rattles along while dealing sensitively with issues of love, loss, illness and memory. It's a moving and poignant story, but there are funny moments, too. Back to Blackbrick is an impressive debut novel that already feels like a classic. - WE LOVE THIS BOOK on BACK TO BLACKBRICK
This novel is gentle and mild but it has hidden powers, too. - DAILY TELEGRAPH ON THE APPLE TART OF HOPE
It's a wonderful book that will leave you with a giant smile on your face, and a longing for the taste of homemade apple tart. - THE BOOKBAG on THE APPLE TART OF HOPE
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald grew up in Dublin but now lives in County Clare, where she's part of the creative writing team at the University of Limerick. She's also director of UL's Creative Writing Winter School and founding member of Writepace, a Limerick-based writing co-operative.
Follow her on Twitter @SMooreFitz