The Changeling's Child
Born with twelve fingers and a twisted spine, Hobnail was ugly and unloved. She was convinced the faeries had swapped her at birth but was content with her life, living alone with her precious pets, Warty Toad and Snidey Slug. Together, they search for strange bits and bobs, to hide deep underground, in the Dark Hole. They are not alone, though. There are watchers and listeners in these parts. Every move is noted and reported back. When Warty Toad and Snidey Slug discover a lost baby, delight turns to fear as their mistress realises she is in trouble. Can she win the race against time, to return the child to his family - and save herself - or will the mysterious Leaf Man triumph?
- Paperback | 185 pages
- 130 x 200 x 10.16mm | 199.58g
- 01 Dec 2016
- Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers
- Nightingale Books
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- black and white illustrations
About Rachael Lindsay
As a child, growing up in Cheshire, I was an avid reader. J. M. Barrie was my hero but I also revelled in J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, C. S. Lewis and A. A Milne. I loved Kipling's asides to his audience (dearly beloved), the landscape of Narnia, and nonsense poetry. My young mind was full of mythical creatures and places; I still have my copy of The Sentimental Dragon by Grace Cox-Ife, pages now falling from their binding and signed at the front in my childish hand. I spent many happy weeks in Switzerland when I was young, as my father worked there for periods of time. Those breath-taking mountains, lakes and waterfalls joined forces with the fjords and forests of Norway, creating a backdrop to much of my writing. Who could not be inspired by all of these influences? As a result of my happy experiences in both real life and fantasy, I always wanted to write stories, from about five or six years old. Of course, I had to be a serious grown-up for a while - teaching all ages from four to fifty-four year olds, earning money and bringing my two wonderful children into the world - but then I decided the time was right for me. And my stories. Now I use my background in education to inspire children in schools up and down the country. Their enthusiasm, as they listen to and read my books, is a constant delight to me. They begin to write with greater imagination and flair. I see parts of my young self in them.