An exciting adventure novel for contemporary kids with a fairytale setting, a daring hero and message that you’re never too young and powerless to stand up to tyrants!
What happens when a group of school children, led by the resourceful ten-year-old Dance Violet, dare to ask those in power some hard questions? Find out in this magical novel by the bestselling Fleur Beale, stunningly illustrated by Lily Uivel.
Ten-year-old orphan Dance Violet might have had a short and troubled history, but it hasn’t dampened her warrior spirit – not in the slightest. And that’s a good thing, because something is rotten in her village, and no one else has the courage to try put things right.
People who ask questions disappear overnight and the village children are left to fend for themselves under the tyrannical schoolteachers Murk and Misselthwaite. There are whispers that a beautiful but wicked woman, ‘the golden-haired hellion’, appeared at a wedding ten years ago and was the start of all the trouble.
Dance has some gifts that she’s only just beginning to discover, and while she knows it’s dangerous to ask questions, she is determined to find this golden-haired hellion – even if it means getting Disappeared.
And when Dance finds her, the golden-haired hellion had better look out.
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Publication date: 29/08/2023
Once Upon a Wickedness
by Fleur Beale
Review by Rebecca
Dance Violet has some magical gifts she's just realising she has. When people keep disappearing from her village, she teams up with a ragtag group of children to discover where they've gone and restore the village to prosperity again.