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It was the first cloud that had been delivered to Withering-on-the-Sand-Sea in over four months. Mara watched as the quick figures of the cloud attendants and dispatchers moved around the carriage, checking that the catches and latches and locks that held the hinged roof closed were secure, keeping the cloud protected until it was time for it to be released. She didn’t recognize any of the attendants today, which was unusual. There was quite a crowd from

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A gorgeously cosy fantasy novel from the acclaimed author of The Apprentice Witch series and The Spell Tailors – perfect for fans of Studio Ghibli and Diana Wynne Jones.

Mara’s village needs more rain. Without it, the crops and animals will suffer.

But in a world where clouds are brought and sold, the only way Mara can get one is to steal it. But when is it right to do something wrong?

And is she brave enough to take on the cloud makers and their greedy trade?

  • A spellbinding new fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Apprentice Witch trilogy and The Spell Tailors
  • Set in a unique magical world, where clouds are made, bought, and sold
  • For fans of Studio Ghibli and Diana Wynne Jones – with an eco twist!
  • Explores important themes such as climate change, animal rights and inequality in an engaging child-friendly and accessible way


‘Reminded me of the best of the Worst Witch books’ ABI ELPHINSTONE

‘A charming tale of magic, bravery and friendship, reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones.’ GUARDIAN

Entirely more charming, adventurous, and full of heart than a book has any right to be.’ TRENTON LEE STEWART

‘A delightful, witty and vivid story’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

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