The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull (InfoSoup)

When Clare and her father move back to Ireland and the house that Clare was born in, Clare discovers memories of her dead mother that she had forgotten. Clare has always believed in the Strange, fairies and magic, makings that only she seems to notice in real life. Returned to her family home, Clare discovers that the Strange and fairies are real and have been in her life for some time. She remembers the powers of the yew tree that forms part of the house and serves as a gate to Timeless, the world of the fairies. She meets Finn again, a boy she has known since she was an infant. Now the two of them must figure out how to stop a threat to both the human world and Timeless, a threat that is coming for Clare’s family, her tree, and Finn personally.

Catmull’s writing is rich and beautiful. She creates a different world of fairy on the page, a world where yes there is danger and iciness, but there is also an important connection between humans and fae, one that if lost will change both worlds in a permanent and devastating way. Catmull’s writing unfolds at its own pace, sometimes languorous and almost dreamlike and other times rampaging and racing. It’s a book that dances and moves, circles and threatens, where things are not what they seem.

Catmull uses imagery and poetry to add even more richness to the book. Clare writes, reluctantly at first, and then more openly. Her poetry is fresh and lovely, offering a glimpse into a world that Clare herself has mostly forgotten. The book encourages each person to make things as they will, showing the importance of creativity to our lives and to the way we connect to our world.

An unusual and exceptionally gorgeous look at fairies and their world, this book is just right for teens who don’t mind a book that meanders a bit like a night in Timeless. Appropriate for ages 12-14.

Reviewed from library copy.

2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist

The Waterstone’s Children’s Prize is a British annual award given to a work of children’s literature. The award is given in three categories. Here are the shortlisted titles:


The Bear and the Piano Cinderella's Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf

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Cinderella’s Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine Carey and Migy Blanco

The Crow's Tale Have You Seen Elephant (Gecko Press Titles)

The Crow’s Tale by Naomi Howarth

Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow

Hector and Hummingbird Super Happy Magic Forest

Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith

Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long



Bird The Blackthorn Key

Bird by Crystal Chan

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Darkmouth (Darkmouth, Book 1) My Brother Is A Superhero (My Brother is a Superhero, #1)

Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow (The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, #1) Witch Wars

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

Witch Wars by Sibéal Pounder



13 Days of Midnight The Accident Season

13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Art of Being Normal I'll Give You the Sun

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Seed The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)

Seed by Lisa Heathfield

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury