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Voyage of the Sparrowhawk Reviews

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant (Literary scout)

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

Natasha Farrant (Literary scout)

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1 review

Category: Children's
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780571348763

Lotti's horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away to boarding-school (when she has just so successfully managed to get expelled from her last one!) And Clara, their young teacher, is waiting for news of her missing fiance. Just as they think they've found their feet in the new order, disaster strikes, and Lotti and Ben must get away.

1 Prize for Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

Costa Book Awards
2020 Category Winner

Winner: Best Children's Book

Bestselling children’s author Natasha Farrant wins the Costa Children’s Book Award for Voyage of the Sparrowhawk, which follows an epic voyage from England to France in the aftermath of WW1 and described by the judges as ‘a purely joyful read.’

Jill McDonald, CEO of Costa Coffee, said: “Five outstanding books and five very worthy Award winners – what a wonderful way to start the year.  The Costa Book Awards are all about recognising great writing and a good read and we’re very proud to be announcing such a brilliant collection of books for readers to explore and enjoy.”


5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
23 Aug 2020

"If you miss the warmth and wit of Eva Ibbotson, this book has a similar voice and spirit"

Set in the aftermath of the First World War, it is the story of two orphaned children, a girl in the non-existent care of grim relations, and a boy who lives on a narrow boat. In a joint adventure to find people they have lost, the pair sail the barge across the Channel, demonstrating hopefulness and courage. On the side of kindness and love, with compassionate characters (and dogs) who steal your heart, and crafted with elegant succinctness, this has been one of the most compelling, joyous, tearjerking and delightful reads of the year, and one of my top books to read aloud.