The one who doesn't go straight home, the traitor,The friendless one, the cat of the wood...'A lost boy. A dead girl, and one who is left behind.Robbie doesn't want anything more to do with death, but life in a village full of whispers and secrets can't make things the way they were.When the white hare appears, magical and fleet in the silvery moonlight, she leads them all into a legend, a chase, a hunt. But who is the hunter and who the hunted?In The White Hare, Michael Fishwick deftly mingles a coming-of-age story with mystery, myth and summer hauntings.
The White Hare by Michael Fishwick was published on 9 March 2017 in hardback by Zephyr.
Zephry is the new children's imprint from Head of Zeus Books. I don't read a great deal of childrens/Young Adult fiction, but every now and again a book comes along that really takes my fancy. I'm happy to host the Blog Tour for this quite beautiful and wonderfully imagined book.
Delightfully presented as a small hardback with a gorgeous front cover, The White Hare is a coming-of-age story with a touch of magic. Lead character Robbie is a troubled lad, he's fourteen, which is difficult enough, but he's also grieving. His mother died after a long illness, his father has remarried, his step-mother has two daughters. They've moved house and now live in the small town in which his Dad grew up.
Robbie has been in trouble. He gets a buzz from setting fires, and it's landed him in trouble in the past. Big trouble. However, he's done his time and he's out now and trying his best to get on with life. Making friends isn't easy and he's found himself drawn to two girls: Mags and Alice; both a little different in their own ways, both outcasts. They suit each other.
Mags loves hares and teaches Robbie the old poems and old tales about these magical and mysterious creatures. However, for Robbie, these stories spark something else inside him, He soon becomes aware of a strange, almost supernatural presence, and see glimpses of a young girl in a white dress. He also dreams of his Mum, and the dreams and visions and fables are all woven together.
Alongside the magic and the fables, there are some difficult and bang up-to-date modern themes running through this book, and the author has combined the two very well. His attention to detail, his description of the countryside and his well-rounded and realistic characters work so well together to create an enjoyable and quite different story for children and young adults.
A story of growing up and dealing with loss and change, alongside tales of magic and superstition. Michael Fishwick has a rich imagination and is a skilled writer. The White Hare is thought-provoking and a pleasure to read.
My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and invited me to take part in this blog tour.
Michael Fishwick is a publisher and author of two acclaimed novels, Smashing People and Sacrifices.
He lives in London and Somerset, where the book is set.