Sally Gardner is on sparkling form with the story of Emily Vole, who inherits Wings and Co., a very strange shop indeed. This clever, contemporary fairy story has a cast of eccentric characters including evil witch Harpella, a bunch of excitable magic keys with feet, grumpy ex-fairy Buster and the hilarious and suspiciously intelligent talking cat Fidget. Not forgetting a lot of very confused rabbits…

David Roberts’ spiky black and white illustrations, funny but just a little bit dark, complement the story perfectly.

This is the first in the Wings and Co. Fairy Detective Agency series, and it leaves you wanting to see what mysteries Emily, Fidget and Buster will be investigating next.

Age 7 to 9
Orion /Paperback / £5.99 / 9781444003727

Annie Horwood