As soon as Ivy and her brother Seb set foot back in the mysterious Underground city of Lundinor, they know that something has changed . Where before there were cobbled streets, now the squares and lanes between the city’s enchanted shops are lush with spring blooms – but something dark is stirring just below the surface, and uncommon traders are uneasy.
Ivy and Seb have stumbled into a plot that could condemn every uncommoner to a disastrous fate. With the help of Valian, their extraordinary friend – and some exceptional uncommon objects – can Ivy and Seb put a stop to the sinister Dirge’s plans?
This book is suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years of age.
Following Ivy Sparrow’s discoveries in The Crooked Sixpence, the adventures continue in the second instalment of The Uncommoners trilogy, The Smoking Hourglass.
Jennifer Bell began working in children’s books as a specialist bookseller at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, one of the world’s most famous bookstores. After having the privilege of listening to children talk about their favorite books for many years, she started writing a book of her own on her lunch breaks. Debut novelist Jennifer Bell delivers a world of wonder and whimsy in the start of a richly uncommon series.
Karl James Mountford is an Illustrator, born in Germany and brought up in the U.K. Karl graduated in 2013 at Swansea Met Uni with a Masters degree in Illustration and Visual communication. Karl works in both traditional and digital mediums . He loves Illustration full heartedly, from picture books, writing stories, screen printing, contemporary design. His style of illustration is ‘visually edible’, sometimes witty, sometimes odd but always full of gusto.