With both her parents gone, Maria’s only companion is an older brother who barely notices her. To escape her loneliness she invents a land of giant frogs, parrots and wise owls – Bramblewood – over which she can reign as queen. But the demands of a deputation of orphaned weasels soon force Maria on a journey of self-discovery that can only end when she returns home to confront her brother. Age 10+ More
Life is hard for Maria, living alone with an older brother who barely notices her. But a discovery one night in their antique shop, as she’s planning her escape, sends her off on a wild adventure to Bramblewood. A bizarre crowd of woodland characters waits there to welcome her; the Parliament of Owls, Tawny Blare and Garden Brown among them, beady-eyed Bullstrode Frogley, their Slime Minister; and of course Maria’s Lady-in-Waiting, a beautiful cobalt blue parrot named Hyacinth McCaw. But the arrival of a group of orphaned weasels begging an audience with their queen is only the start of Maria’s troubles. A chance remark by Lady Hyacinth leads Maria on a journey of self-discovery that can only end when she finally returns home to confront her brother.
Christopher Best is an author and composer, working in the South West of England. He has written two novels and several collections of short stories. His music work comprises over fifty compositions for a wide variety of media.
on June 3, 2012 :
The writer has the ability to sensitively address complex life issues by telling wonderful stories like Bramblewood.
I found Bramblewood exciting, funny, chilling and heart-warming at the same time. every moment you expect something and something else happens: it's full of surprises. With its twists and turns it's well structured and well paced.
Never a dull moment: once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.