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The Magic Hour

The Magic Hour

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Author: Wolstencroft, David

Interest age: from c 8 years

Published on 8 June 2023 by Scholastic in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 416 pages
128 x 199 x 29 | 282g

A fast-paced, time-twisting, magical adventure where


'I really couldn't put The Magic Hour down. The

concept is genius, the characters are unforgettable, and the adventure

is thrilling. A book I'll be recommending to everyone!'

- A. F. Steadman, bestselling author of Skandar and The Unicorn


'Get ready for a rip-roaring, time-twisting, mind-meltingly

brilliant adventure! Lose yourself in The Magic Hour,

an adventure so thrilling, hours feel like seconds!' - Ben Miller,

bestselling author of The Boy Who Made The World Disappear.

'The Magic Hour is twisty, fun, gripping and

full of delicious and daring science and adventure.' - Vashti Hardy,

betselling author of Brightstorm.

Eleven-year-old Ailsa Craig is always late! To everything - her

own birth, school, and even her own house exploding! Although it

is certainly better to be late for that than early...

But then one day, Ailsa discovers the secret of a lifetime: An

extra hour in the day. The Magic Hour which exists in a fantastical,

parallel Edinburgh, accessed at twilight. As she explores this

extraordinary place where anything seems possible, Ailsa can't

believe her luck. Her grades improve and life seems to be on the

up - even the popular kids start liking her.

But messing with time, can have desperate consequences. When Ailsa

discovers that the extra time comes at a terrible cost, she

must battle the sinister forces at work and save herself, her parents

and the world.

What would you do with an extra hour in the day?

A funny, high-octane, race-against-time adventure that

is perfect for fans of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief,

Amari and the Night Brothers, Pages & Co and


Beautifully illustrated and brought to life by Alessia


From award-winning and celebrated creator of Spooks

and Versailles, David Wolstencroft.

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