An adventurous tale to appeal to early teens

Using Smailholm’s natural beauty as the backdrop to a secret, magical world, Williams’ 16th-century tale is full of imagination.

Wynn, daughter of Laird and Lady Hoppringle, uncovers a miniature world unfurling beneath the brambles at Smailholm Tower – a scene reminiscent of The Borrowers and Alice in Wonderland – and works to break the curse binding these people.

The archaic language could be more consistent, but it is a creative, adventurous tale well suited to its early-teens readership.

Smailholm, by C. L. Williams, published by Troubador Publishing, £12.99.

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