HarperCollins is delighted to tell you that Judith Rossell’s magnificent novel, Withering-by-Sea, was announced as the Children’s & YA category winner at last night’s Indie Book Awards.
High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts. But one night, Stella sees something she shouldn’t have… something that will set in motion an adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for. From hugely talented Australian writer-illustrator Judith Rossell comes a thrilling and gripping Victorian fantasy adventure, the first in an extraordinarily exciting new series.
“The little bottle was corked and sealed with red wax. It was heavier than it looked and as smooth as glass. … (Stella) shook it and heard a whispering noise, as if something were slithering over shingle. … A sinuous shape seemed to move inside the bottle … It was beautiful but it made her skin prickle.”
Booksellers commented on how special the book is as an object, and how much they relished having such a gorgeous package to complement the brilliant story within.