A magical, humorous story for youngsters aged 10 upwards, about getting a glimpse of pet heaven.
Josie Bright, age 11, has never heard of Twisk. Her cockalier spaniel Bruce dies unexpectedly. But – this doesn’t happen to most youngsters - she sees his spirit led away through an open window by Twisk – the little white dog who escorts pet spirits to the heavenly dimension of the Favourite Star.
Twisk creates a magic website on Josie’s computer, just for her and her friend Martin, for that night only, to watch: Twisk leading Bruce’s spirit to heaven.
Just as his spirit is perfectly cleansed, the magic goes wrong and he’s nearly dragged down to a hellish dimension an evil giant woodlouse.
But Twisk has the greater power, and rescues Bruce, who attains eternal happiness on the Favourite Star, a pets’ paradise.
Meanwhile Alexia – a lovely stray dog expecting puppies – is in hiding in the little neighbourhood park while Mrs Forbes, a very bossy neighbour with a peke (Toby), is trying to set the dog-catcher onto her. (This may result in her being put to sleep.)
After witnessing this, Josie and Martin are left with haloes, which will take about a day to disappear and meanwhile enable them to understand what the birds are saying. Usually managing to keep them hidden, they manage to rescue Alexia from Mrs Forbes, helped by the mischievous Toby.
Martin keeps Alexia, and one of her puppies for Josie to help look after, and all ends well.
Nominee for 2014 Costa Children’s Literary Awards
Julia Hands (Cambs B.A.Hons) was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, growing up in Somerset and Warwickshire. She has a degree in English Literature having studied at Cambridge University. She's worked in various office jobs as a secretary and freelanced as an editor. She has worked for charity and enjoyed teaching in Adult Education while also writing for children. Inspiration has come from travelling in Europe and living in London and now pens her craft from her home in Shaldon Nr. Teignmouth Devon.
Photo by Andy Styles