King, Rachael


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Thirteen-year-old Ella knows that words are powerful.

So she should have known better than to utter a wish and a curse on the same day, even in jest.??

When the boy she has cursed goes missing, in the same sudden, unexplained way as her father several years earlier, Ella discovers that her family is living in the shadow of a vengeful kelpie, a black horse-like creature.

With the help of her beloved pony Magpie, can Ella break the curse of the kelpie and save not just her family but the whole community?

Rachael King’s writing is immersive and vibrant, and rich in lore and an appreciation of the natural world that fans of Katherine Rundell, Kelly Barnhill and Kiran Millwood Hargrave will love.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publication date: 20/02/2024

Staff review

The Grimmelings
by Rachael King
Review by Rebecca

Absolutely riveting! A slow-burning build-up of characters, place and time to its thrilling conclusion. A story of old magic and mythical creatures. Unpredictable and wild. A most satisfying read.

The Grimmelings
by Rachael King
Review by Alex

Fantastically written, slow-burning, folkloric mystery! Ella is the oldest daughter of a family of fierce women living on a horse-trekking station in Canterbury. When a boy goes missing and a mysterious black horse starts appearing, she must delve into a long-buried family secret to save everything she holds dear.