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Edinburgh is a city filled with magical creatures. No one can see them… until Ramya Knox.

As she is pulled into her family’s world of secrets and spells, Ramya sets out to discover the truth behind the Hidden Folk with only three words of warning from her grandfather: Beware the Sirens. Plunged into an adventure that will change everything, Ramya is about to learn that there is more to her powers than she ever imagined. Praise for A Kind of Spark:Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year 2021The Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story Blackwell’s Book of the Year 2020


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  1. Jo

    Twelve year old Ramya Knox has recently relocated to Edinburgh from London
    with her distracted/inattentive tv newsreader parents. Her new school struggles to accommodate her dyspraxia, instead consigning her to endless ‘workshops’ .

    Her family suffered a mysterious rift when she was five and she hasn’t seen her grandparents or aunts since then, but when her grandfather dies, she meets her wider family, and forms a friendship with her cousin Marley.

    An enigmatic Stranger gives her a book with blank pages for her to fill in with information about The Hidden Folk. Ramya learns that she has the power to see through their disguise (known as Glamour) while most other humans cannot, and supported by Marley sets out to discover more.

    This is a darker than usual magical world, filled with Scottish mythology, in which Ramya encounters enormous Kelpies, evil Faeries, a nice Vampire (working as a librarian) and other Hidden Folk, including the terrifying manipulative Sirens. Even Greyfriars Bobby statue comes alive.

    Evocatively set in Edinburgh, with great descriptions of the location, it really feels as if you are there, running down the steep streets and hidden passageways – and you will find out why one area of Edinburgh is called ‘The Grassmarket’. Bookshops and booksellers feature – always a plus!

    An exciting story, with terrific momentum, with themes of friendship, appearance versus reality, trust, mystery, neurodiversity, acceptance, resilience and MAGIC -and a nice line in berets.

    And the promise of a sequel, can’t wait!

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