Isabella and Blodwen is the latest book from Rachael Smith, creator of The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers, and the critically-acclaimed exploration of living with mental illness, Wired Up Wrong.
The story follows sixteen year-old Isabella who has been granted early admission to the prestigious University of Oxford. Academically gifted, but lacking in social skills, she finds navigating the hallowed halls a trial she can’t study her way out of. Mixing with older students, and struggling to find her place, she sets her heart on the coveted summer internship with her hero, Professor MacLeod. While wondering how to get the letter of recommendation she needs to be considered, she accidentally drops an exhibit from a museum she’s visiting in her bag... and Blodwen, the Witch from the Bottle enters her life!
After centuries trapped in a little silver flask, Blodwen is thrilled to find herself in the thick of things at a University dorm, and is determined to make the most of her newfound freedom. Isabella makes a number of frantic attempts to return the bottle, and Blodwen, to the museum and rid herself of this meddling witch, all foiled. After a night out goes terribly wrong, Blodwen and Isabella argue, prompting Blodwen to cast a curse on Isabella – that she can only hear people speak if they care about her.
Silence descends on Isabella’s life. After a frightening encounter with a lecturer she thought she could trust, she desperately turns to Blodwen, and the two begin to work together, to get Isabella her internship, and to get Blodwen the satisfaction she needs to be set free from the bottle, and the world, that bind her.
Aimed at a young adult audience, and exploring themes of friendship, growing up, and finding your place in the world, Isabella and Blodwen is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt alone and that the world is against them.
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About the Book:
200 Page Full-colour Hardback
As many of you know by now, the story is built around an artifact in the Pitt Rivers Museum, a museum that displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world and all time periods. The object is a silver stoppered bottle, which is said to contain a witch. I thought for the update this week I could talk a little bit more about the bottle, and the museum that houses…
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