Broken Twigs by Charlotte Taylor is an exciting children’s story for middle grade readers. It is most definitely not your standard light and twinkly fairy story, instead it touches on some dark elements that unfortunately occur in real life.
Twigs is a fairy who lives in the Faerie Forest, she is the type of fairy who gets herself into all sorts of mischief and chaos. She is unlike the other hardworking fairies and spends most of her time alone, doing as she pleases. After making a very poor choice and endangering those around her, she finds that she must now fend for herself.
Faced with peril at every turn Twigs reflects on her past behaviour, taking her to a dark place. She must learn whether she can get herself out of danger and as a loner, will she be able to accept help when it is offered to her and when she needs it the most?
I commend the author for creating a story that, to me, is an excellent example of how a fairy tale can mimic the struggles that children can go through in everyday life. Where they can read of the mischief of a fairy, who lost and alone, realises that there is hope and help out there when most needed. I recommend that everyone should read this book.
The story is short, fast paced and packs in so much action. The illustrations are beautiful and really bring the characters to life. The story also has teaching materials available that can be used in the classroom to help children with Reading and elements of PSHE (English Curriculum). These can be accessed shortly through Charlotte’s website when it goes live (imminently so I’ve been told).
Broken Twigs is available as a paperback and an ebook, I’d recommend you use an ipad or something similar, although it works perfectly on the Kindle, the illustrations are much clearer and more defined on the ipad.
There is an accompanying video review available on YouTube.
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