Title re-release ahead of US and UK sequel release in July 2019
On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted from apprentice to wordsmith, charged with collecting and archiving words in post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval Ark. When she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob the people of Ark of the power of speech, she realises that she has to save not only words, but the culture itself.
Speculative fiction with a powerful political premise
WINNER of a White Raven from the International Youth Library
Shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Awards
Patricia Forde lives in Galway, in the west of Ireland. She has published ve books for children, and written two plays, as well as several television drama series for children and teenagers. She has worked as a writer on both English and Irish language soap operas. In another life, she was a primary school teacher and the artistic director of Galway Arts Festival.