Promo – Lee Battersby: Margrit

Something a little bit different on today's promo spot. Magrit is a children's book written by Lee Battersby. I first saw this book at the Perth Writers' Festival and the beautiful hardcover captured my interest immediately. It's been getting some really great reviews, and has been recommended for all ages.

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For fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, Tinder and David Almond; a haunting tale about accepting the truth about yourself, presented in a gothic gift package.

Magrit lives in an abandoned cemetery with her friend and advisor, Master Puppet, whom she built from bones and bits of graveyard junk. She is as forgotten as the tiny graveyard world that surrounds her.

One night as Magrit and Master Puppet sit atop of their crumbling chapel, a passing stork drops a baby into the graveyard. Defying Master Puppet's demands that the baby be disposed of, and taking no heed of his dire warnings, Magrit decides to raise the baby herself. She gives him a name: Bugrat. Magrit loves Bugrat like a brother, friend and son all rolled into one.

But Master Puppet and the newly discovered skeleton girl know all too well what will happen when Bugrat grows up-that the truth about them all will be revealed. Something Magrit refuses to face.