Temora and the Wordsnatcher by Kate Gordon


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Temora Murphy lives in an immaculate house, with a controlling mother. The only other children she sees are the “shining” girls her mother selects for her as friends. Girls who tease her for her size and shyness. To escape, she reads books about adventure and magic. Then, on her twelfth birthday, Temora makes a wish that will alter her life forever.
Temora and the Wordsnatcher is a book of magic and adventure, self-discovery and the true power of words. It is peopled by children who are discovering their true selves and the way they fit in the world.

Temora Murphy is eleven years old. She lives in an immaculate house, with a mother who wishes to control and mould her. The only other children she sees are the “shiny” girls her mother selects for her as friends. Girls who tease her for her size and shyness. Girls who call her “Puddingface”. Temora wants more. Temora loves reading, books about adventure and magic. She finds these books in a black pearl box at the bottom of the garden, beneath the Bloodwood tree. She does not know how they come to be there or who sends them, and every time she thinks too hard about it, some strange impulse in her mind compels her to stop.
The books help her to escape. But only so much. Then, at a party for her twelfth birthday, Temora Murphy makes another wish. And with that wish, Temora Tempest’s life alters forever.

Temora and the Wordsnatcher is a literary children’s story; a portal fantasy work, featuring characters from multiple backgrounds and a protagonist who does not conform to societal standards of beauty, and who wishes to push against the constructs of what it means to be “feminine”.
306 pp. paperback
20.5 x 2 x 13.4 cm
294 g
Published May 2023 by Exisle Publishing
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