A dahl-esque fairy tale from a highly acclaimed adult author.
Samuel Blink is the hero of this story, but he doesn't know it yet. Right now, he and his sister Martha are in the back of his parents car. He has no idea a giant log is about to fall from the sky and change his life forever. He doesn't know that he and Martha will be forced to move to Norway and eat their Aunt Eda's smelly brown cheese. He hasn't the slightest clue Martha will disappear into Shadow Forest. A forest full of one-eyed trolls, the sinister huldre-folk, deadly Truth Pixies and a witch who steals shadows. A forest ruled by the evil Changemaker. A forest so dangerous that people who enter never return.
No. Samuel Blink doesn't know any of this. So don't tell him. It might ruin the book...
Praise for Shadow Forest
A cracking good read. Samuel must enter the Shadow Forest, from which no human has ever returned, in order to save his sister's life - a true children's book, utterly fantastic!www.gatewaymonthly.com
Matt Haig has crafted a children's classic.Yorkshire Evening Post
This is an excellent book that is a fantastic rollercoaster ride of thrills, adventure and humour...Sit down and enter a mystical world of two-headed trolls, wonderful witches, persuasive pixies and some rather unpleasant brown cheese. I would recommend this book to nine to thirteen year oldsTony Diver, age 10, Newmarket Journal
A wonderfully witty readNorwich Evening News
This is an excellent book that is a fantastic rollercoaster ride of thrills, adventure, and humour. I would highly recommend this book.Tony Diver, aged 10, Bury Free Press
Clever use of Norwegian folklore skillfully weaves humour and sadness, reality and fanstasy, into a tense, page-turning tale, which keeps readers guessing by the many unexpected twists and turns in the plot.Martin Kromer, Carousel
There's probably very little that children with a good sense of humour or well-developed imagination won't find enteraining.Beth Morrissey, INIS
A really great read that's difficult to put down.TBK
A brilliant read, packed full of imagination and with a host of fascinationg characters. Shadow Forest is destined to capture 10 - 13-year-old readers' imaginations.Holly Beale, Western Morning News
A fascinating and magical tale. This is an outstanding piece of literatureYusuf Hassan, The Times
This is a book which will enchant.Norwich Evening News
This is a seriously good book!Claire Gaunt, Teen Titles
The perfect book to read under the covers by torchlight... Marvellous stuff.Ipswich Evening Star
A knowing and inventive yarn.Junior Education
The perfect book to read under the covers by torchlight... Marvellous stuff.Norwich Evening News
Shadow Forest features lots of humour mixed in with with some superbly gross parts (such as exploding heads). Matt Haig's quirky style of writing make this an exciting and most enjoyable read... This book is a definite for any child who enjoys being fully immersed in a world of myth and magic.Fantasy Book Review
Enough twists to keep children grippedThe Daily Telegraph