Life is too tiny
The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn is a timeless middle-grade tale of love, loss and friendship. Told in the style of a fairytale, the story centres around Wonder, a girl alone in the world except for a gloomy crow called Hollowbeak.
More than anything, Wonder dreams of finding a friend. She is ignored by the other students at Direleafe Hall until new student, Mabel Clattersham arrives.
Wonder’s friendship with Mabel is everything friendship should be, except that it has to end. Themes of grief and loss are woven throughout the story which ultimately celebrates life.
What I most enjoyed about The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn was the lyrical prose. Mabel’s poem is composed of words which would look well on a fridge magnet or tea-towel; they’re the kind of words you want to be reminded of everyday.
The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn is a fable — a fable of wisdom, love and loss with allusions to traditional tales and mythology. It reminded me of one of my favourite books, Sonya Hartnett’s The Ghost’s Child.
This is a beautiful book which I am sure will be warmly received by readers of all ages.
My sincere thanks to UQP for a review copy.
Lonely orphan Wonder Quinn lives in the attic of Direleafe Hall with only a gloomy crow for company. Every year she hopes to make a true friend and every year her heart breaks when she doesn’t.
But when a spirited new student, Mabel Clattersham, befriends her in class, Wonder’s dreams seem to be coming true. As the girls grow closer, Wonder discovers her friend has a list of strange wishes: Throw a pie, leap into the sky, break someone’s heart…
What is Mabel’s big secret? Can Wonder protect her heart from being broken all over again?
The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn is an enchanting fairytale celebrating friendship, bravery and the importance of staying true to yourself.
Read my interview with Kate Gordon from January 2019.