Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Children's Books of the Week

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Children's Books of the Week

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THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA A LAVENDER by Leslye Walton Walker Books, PS7.99 IS AVA AV an angel? Or is she a girl who happens to have wings? Ava is not like other children.

This special child - born to Viviane Lavender after a passionate goodbye with her lover Jack during the summer solstice celebrations - is neither bird, nor fully human.

Trapped in her Seattle home in Pinnacle Lane, she, her equally exceptional twin brother Henry, and mother are destined to live out their lives as outsiders.

Viviane herself is the daughter of Emelienne - a woman who was widowed at the age of 23 and believed to be a witch.

It's a multi-generational tale that explores how the family arrived in Seattle and how, despite running a bakery, never feel part of the small community.

When Ava tries eventually to spread her wings, their worlds come crashing down.

Walton's debut novel explores human sorrow and does it with such power and emotion that the reader can feel overwhelmed. …

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