Ramya Knox is coping with grief, moving to Scotland from London and starting a new school and by the way she’s dyspraxic. But it’s the last thing on that list that gives her the most problems – a label, because she has problems holding a pen and her handwriting isn’t the neatest in the class. But what about her character, who she is, despite the dyspraxia?
But after receiving a gift from her late grandfather, she starts an adventure that uncovers the hidden depths of Edinburgh, discovering about mythical creatures who have also been given a label and might not be what they seem. Along with her cousin Marley who can’t see the things Ramya can, they set out to find the truth about the Hidden Folk, with one warning “Beware the Sirens”.
Families are all different. Ramya’s Mum and her two sisters don’t really get on and what begins as Ramya’s slightly awkward disjointed extended family, finally come together to help Ramya.
Labels are good for somethings, like the price on a can of baked beans, but then there are 57 varieties as Heinz once told us and just because we can’t do one thing doesn’t mean we can’t be brilliant at something else. I can’t ride a bicycle.
This book is the first one in a series and I loved it. I have read her other two books and was looking forward to this and finally got round to reading it. The best so far. Congratulations to Elle McNicoll, Kay Wilson for a terrific book cover, and all at KnightsOf publishing, Children’s Book Publisher of the Year for 2022 at the British Book Awards.