Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Senior)

Shortlisted 2021

The Shadows of Rookhaven

By Pádraig Kenny

 - Illustrated by Edward Bettison

Pádraig Kenny’s The Shadows of Rookhaven is a story about family and forgiveness, the sequel to The Monsters of Rookhaven. Shadows are gathering over Rookhaven. It is the time of The Great Configuration, a once in a hundred years event. Family and monsters descend on Rookhaven from all over the country to take part. But amid the guests there is an interloper. One who is disguised and has an eye on their destruction. Meanwhile Mirabelle – part  human, part monster – discovers that to those from outside Rookhaven she is not considered family at all . . . and, forced to search further afield for knowledge of her true history, she risks everything – and everyone.

About Pádraig Kenny...

Author and Illustrator bio – Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer from County Kildare, now living in Limerick. Previously an arts journalist, a teacher and a librarian’s assistant, he now writes full-time. His first novel Tin was a Waterstones Book of the Month and was nominated for the Carnegie, as well as being shortlisted for the Irish Book Award and several regional awards. He is married with four children.  The Shadows of Rookhaven is the sequel to The Monsters of Rookhaven, and is Padraig’s second book for Macmillan.

Edward Bettison is a graphic designer and illustrator, born in Hull. He is known for the intricate detail in his original works, authenticity of vision and bold imagery. He lives in Brighton with his partner and teenage son.

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