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Twister's father has gone missing and as she's searching for him she stumbles across a witch

living in the woods. She is given a magical necklace that holds the souls of living things and can turn the wearer into a wolf, or a rushing river, or a rainstorm. But there's a dark foe on the hunt for this necklace, a baddie who wears a coat crawling with creatures and who might have something to do with her father's sudden disappearance...

My Thoughts

I read this book months ago, thoroughly enjoyed it and completely forgot to post my review! Since then I must have read over a dozen other books so it speaks volumes of Twister that both the main character and the story have stayed with me. 

It took me a page or two to get used Twister's accent, but I found something that worked for me (sighing with relief that I wasn't reading it out loud! I am no actress!) and didn't give it another thought. Indeed, once I got used to it, Twister's unique voice it added to the extravagance and other-worldliness of her story. 

Juliette Forrest has created a wonderful, magical, spooky world. It draws you in like a twisty canyon on a foggy day.  Her turn of phrase is delightful and her characters fabulous and original.

I gave the book to my daughter who was in tears at one point - there are some really sad bits - but you need the lows to enjoy the highs and although the setting is magical and fantastic there is an underlying gritty realism to the storyline that I really enjoyed. 

My copy of Twister will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.

Treat yourself and get a copy of Twister here:-

Local Library

Local Bookshop

Buy online here



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Teachers - have you discovered @BookPenPals? A new initiative pairing authors & illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations via postcards. They're pretty oversubscribed, but if you're interested it might be worth getting your name on the waiting list. They have some fabulous authors on board.