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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1)

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1)

Author: Jessica Townsend
Series: Nevermoor
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Nevermoor is the word that’s been on everyone’s lips over the last few months. Australian author Jessica Townsend's children’s book was pitched by her agent at last year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, where it created an eight-publisher bidding frenzy, with Hachette finally winning. The book has been sold into 25 territories and film rights have been sold to 20th Century Fox. So this is a big deal for a debut author. Comparisons, unsurprisingly, have been made with Harry Potter, and the first book in the series was recently released to much fanfare. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crowintroduces us to our plucky heroine, the cursed child Morrigan Crow, and a new fantastical world of magic, both bright and dark, colourful characters (some untrustworthy), exclusive societies that only the bravest and most talented qualify for, talented children (friends and foes), magical beasts, and much more! With the opening chapter letting you know that the main character is about to die, who could resist reading on? Morrigan Crow is due to die before her eleventh birthday, cursed from the day she was born. She is feared and ostracised - her family can’t wait to be normal - she is the agent of disasters, big and small. When Eventide begins earlier than anticipated, Morrigan knows her days are numbered. On a whim, she attends (much to her Mayoral father’s annoyance) Bid Day, a ceremony where apprentices are chosen for elite schools. When Morrigan’s name is called out for a scholarship, not once but several times (unheard of!), no one is more surprised than her. Uproar ensues. How can this cursed child be chosen? With the countdown on, the coffin ordered, the last meal ready to be eaten, Morrigan will never be an apprentice. As she sits for the last time in her family home, something quite extraordinary happens! Jupiter North of the Wunderous Society has come to collect her. And so the adventures begin. Plenty of tricks, tumbles, twists and trials. Captivating, magical, daring and very good.





A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world-but is then tested beyond her wildest imaginationMorrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart - an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests-or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.


Winner Gold ABIA for Book of the Year 2018

Winner ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Readers 

Winner Jessica Townsend 2018 ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

Winner Children's Fiction and Overall Book of the Year 2018 Indie Book Awards

Winner Younger Reader's Category for the 2018 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize

Notabled CBCA Book of the Year Younger Readers Category 2018


My book of the year for 2017, Nevermoor is a story I can't stop gushing about. This debut novel is richly imagined, fantastical by turn tender, funny, and utterly charming. Live in a new magical world and get to know a cast of endearing and quirky characters as you ride along on a magical umbrella. Harry Potter Fans will adore this book and though it's aimed at ages 8-12, older readers and adults are sure to enjoy it too. It's certainly worthy of all the hype it has received!

A staff pick by Bernice at the Dorothy Butler Children's bookshop. 

Author description

JESSICA TOWNSEND lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was a copywriter for eight years, and was once the editor of a children's wildlife magazine for Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is her first novel.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780734418074
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : Lothian Children's Books
  • : June 2016
  • : 197mm X 129mm X 35mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 400
  • : Jessica Townsend
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 823.92