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The Dragon in the Bookshop
07 Jul 2022 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781801109185

A 9-12 adventure about finding your voice in difficult times, blended with Polish folklore and a magical quest.

Fiction / YFC (Children’s Fiction)
Extent: 256 pages
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Also by Ewa Jozefkowicz
The Dragon in the Bookshopby Ewa Jozefkowicz

An old Polish city fizzes with fear. The townsfolk are at the mercy of a dragon who lurks in the cave below the castle...

Konrad's dad always used to say, 'There is a character in a book somewhere that matches you almost entirely. It's just a matter of finding them'. Konrad never expected the 'finding' to involve stepping right into a story, and he never expected his dad not to be there with him.

After his dad's death, Konrad stops speaking. Not a word at home or school as the year rolls by. But that begins to change when he meets Maya on the beach he loved to explore with Dad. She doesn't mind his silence. It gives her a chance to be heard, because at home no one seems to notice her. When the pair go on a last visit to Konrad's family bookshop before it's sold, they soon get lost in the pages of Konrad's favourite book of folk tales. Whisked back in time to quest with a dragon, they must find themselves and their voices, as well as a happy end to the story in the book and in real life.

A beautifully told, compassionate story about grief and finding your voice, with a sprinkle of Polish folklore and a magical, medieval adventure from Waterstones-shortlisted Ewa Jozefkowicz.

Ewa Jozefkowicz's debut novel The Mystery of the Colour Thief, published by Zephyr in 2018, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Girl 38: Finding a Friend blends contemporary times with WWII Poland. The Key to Finding Jack is about the special bond between siblings. The Cooking Club Detectives tackles the impact of food poverty on children today. And The Dragon in the Bookshop blends Polish folklore with a magical quest. All are published by Zephyr. Ewa lives in London with her husband and twin daughters. www.ewajozefkowicz.com Twitter: @EwaJozefkowicz Insta: ewas_bookshelf

The fifth novel for 9-12 year-olds by Waterstones-shortlisted author Ewa Jozefkowicz, the Jacqueline Wilson for the next generation.

Inspired by Ewa's own experience and written with her hallmark warmth, empathy and hope.

Drawing on the rich Polish fairytales that Ewa grew up with and shared with her bookseller father.

Ewa and her books are loved by educationalists.

For 9+ readers.

MARKET: Jacqueline Wilson; Cathy Cassidy; Liz Kessler.


'A beautifully written and captivating read but it also deals sensitively with important issues such as grief, courage, friendship and finding your voice' Armadillo Magazine

'A gorgeous read featuring strong friendship, books, a Polish legend and a dragon. Loved it!' A.M. Howell, author of The Secret of the Treasure Keepers

'A glorious fairytale adventure full of friendship, unlikely heroes and magical Polish folklore. A book-lovers delight!' Eve Wersocki Morris, author of The Bird Singers

'[Ewa Jozefkowicz's] best book yet. Deeply felt and enchanting, while delving into Polish folklore with characters to adore. Brilliant!' Chris Soul, teacher and children's book reviewer

'Intriguing mixture of contemporary life and ancient myth exploring... the trauma of losing a parent and how one boy finds his way back to his friends and family' BookTrust

'This beautifully written tale combines a wonderful magical adventure with a look at friendship, what it is to be brave and how to overcome sadness' The Week Junior

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