Eliza Bluebell is a magical and heart-warming a middle grade fantasy. In the picture postcard village of Blossom Brook, Eliza Bluebell arrives changing the lives of the locals forever. With the help of her playful shadow, Eliza transforms an empty shop on the High Street into the heart and soul of the village. Find out how and read this fantastical story about friendship, butterflies and fairy cakes.
Eliza Bluebell became best friends with her shadow at a very young age. Having spent her life travelling from place to place, she never stayed anywhere long enough to make friends. As soon as she found someone she liked, Eliza would suddenly find herself on an adventure to somewhere new. She wasn’t able to take friends with her on her travels. But her shadow would go with her wherever she went.
When they were small they would play hide and seek. Her shadow was very good at hiding. She could slip down cracks in the floorboard or merge with another shadow in the room. When on quests to find sweets, Eliza would send her shadow ahead to see if there was anyone coming. Fortunately, only Eliza could see her shadow doing these things. Her shadow was invisible to other people – unless of course, her shadow was doing what normal shadows do.
Eliza spent her youth moving from home to home and from family to family. She grew up to be a magical girl and, with the help of her shadow, she could do wondrous things. As soon as she was old enough, they set out into the world looking for her real family.
They would visit big cities and small hamlets, staying long enough to make things better for those whose paths they crossed. They would watch over each other on their many journeys. Like best friends, they were inseparable and together they were a team. Really, they were one and the same. And so, it was the village of Blossom Brook that was to become home for Eliza Bluebell and her shadow. But just for a while.
“A pure delight for middle school readers and adults young at heart.” Sheri, Goodreads
“I’d recommend Eliza Bluebell to folks who like uplifting short stories with a touch of humor and magic.” Patricia, Goodreads
“I loved A. J. York’s creativity. I’m so glad someone is writing sweet children’s/young reader stories that are full of goodness.” Angie, Goodreads
Find the Book
Eliza’a story has a link to the author’s other books about a girl called Delilah Dusticle who has special powers in eradicating dust.
Book one – Delilah Dusticle
Book two – Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure
A. J. York is the author of the middle grade fantasy series called The Delilah Dusticle Adventures. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised in the UK, A.J. York’s first love was telling stories through drama.
“I have always enjoyed making up characters and their life storis, therefore I jumped at the chance to study theatre at the University of Brighton. I later trained as a drama teacher and I have a Master’s degree from Goldsmiths. I have gone back to my roots and I now live in Gothenburg. People have told me they love reading my stories and I hope you have fun reading them too!” A.J. York
***Images and wording for this book spotlight were provided by the author.***