Patricia Forde The Wordsmith


Code 9781912417124

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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

About the Author

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.

Patricia Forde has published several picturebooks as well as three novels for children with Little Island Books. She has won two White Raven Awards and has twice been shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year. THE WORDSMITH is a Library Association of America Notable Book for Children. Its sequel, MOTHER TONGUE, was published in 2019. BUMPFIZZLE THE BEST ON PLANET EARTH was the Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read 2019. Her debut picturebook in English, FIDGET THE WONDER DOG, is published by Puffin in April 2020.

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