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Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a freelance sub-editor on business magazines and an editor/proofreader on books. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, art, nature, white chocolate and travelling. Vickie has published 14 books.
In 2011, Vickie self-published the following books:
Kaleidoscope (March) – a gathering of 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
Travelling Light – a small, free book of poetry;
Kiwi in Cat City – the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April);
Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June);
Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October).
The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.
Books published in 2012, so far:
Day of the Living Pizza – a comedy horror for ages 10 up; all profits to charity (May);
Life’s Rhythms – a collection of 316 haiku (June);
3 Heads and a Tail – a romantic comedy with walkies, written for NaNoWriMo (June);
Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August);
Day of the Pesky Shadow (October);
Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November); and
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December).
Books published in 2013:
The Sea Inside – a fantasy adventure (May); and
I Dream of Zombies – a horror set in London in 2013 (October).
Editing, formatting and cover setting:
Happy reading and writing :)
on April 22, 2013 :
This is a belated review. The author gave this book to me as a gift because I had enjoyed all her previous books in the series.
If you've read any of the five previous books in the Kiwi Series (Kiwi in Cat City, Kiwi and the Missing Magic, Kiwi and the Living Nightmare, Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle and Kiwi and the Realm of Ra) then you know wherever Amy and James' little black cat appears, magical things will follow.
This is a story full of holiday magic, fun and adventure, where a new star on top of Amy and James' Christmas tree turns out to be a real star, stolen from Father Christmas. The chase is on to rescue the star's friend, a Christmas Fairy, and make sure Father Christmas can find them Christmas Eve to take them home. The only problem is the witch who lives in the holiday fun house; she chases them all the way back to Cat City - where there is no Christmas Eve! Will Kiwi, Ames and Jimster get their new friends back home in time? Will the catizens of Cat City discover Christmas? It's a quick story suitable for most ages and a great addition to every child's holiday reading list.
(reviewed long after purchase)