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Suitable for readers age 8 - 108
From the back cover of Oy Yew:
‘Lay low and grow,’ is the motto of the waifs of Duldred Hall. The only way to escape their life of drudgery is to reach the magical height of 5 thighs 10 oggits. But Master Jeopardine is determined to feed them little and keep them small. When the master’s methods grow more sinister the waifs must face their doubts. What is kept in the Bone Room? Why is Rook’s parlour locked? A new waif arrives and the fight for survival begins. But this child brings another mystery: who is Oy?
The first chapter of Oy Yew can be read here:
The waifs will grab your heart from page one and not let go. This book entertains on so many levels. Charles Kingsley meets Jasper Fforde with shades of Gormenghast.
Fiona Faith Ross, author
Destined to be a classic. Jeopardine’s decline into horrific madness offers readers of all ages the same thrill as Dahl’s Child Catcher.
Helen Baggott (read-reviewed.com)
From the back cover of Nondula:
The sequel to Oy Yew, Nondula is the second book in THE WAIFS OF DULDRED trilogy.
Oy and his friends cannot believe their luck when their escape from Duldred leads them to Nondula, a land of sweet air and gentle people. All seems well till Oy’s dear friend, Linnet, falls seriously ill. With his newly found healing skills Oy works desperately to save her. But when Nondula’s cruel neighbours, the Felluns, come to visit, Oy discovers that a healer is a very dangerous thing to be. Soon both Linnet’s life and the future of Nondula come to rest on his small shoulders.
Ana Salote is an extraordinary and original voice. Her stories are suspenseful, strange, compelling and also beautiful.
Oy Yew is a book that deserves to be discovered. Lyrical and magical…