The Girl in the Mirror
I am delighted that my spooky middle-grade adventure story The Girl in the Mirror came out from Eagle Books in October 2019. Look for it in the kids' section of all good bookstores! Watch me reading the first two chapters (there's a video over to the left of the page). Or click on the button:
The Girl in the Mirror is a ghostly time-slip adventure novel based on a short story published in the School Magazine Touchdown way back in 2005. Two girls who sleep in the same bedroom more than a hundred years apart discover that they can talk to one another through the mirror hanging on the wall. That's lucky, because an evil spidery force is threatening Clarissa's mother and Maddie's baby brother, and the only help they're going to get is from one another – and the ghost of Clarissa's dead brother Bertie.
Eagle Books calls it:
a gripping and original middle-grade novel which is a mix of time slip, ghost story and mystery,
Geoffrey McSkimming, author of adventure-filled Cairo Jim and Phyllis Wong novels, says that it's:
"A wonderful story, with creepiness lurking in the corners, to startle you and make you look twice next time you go past a mirror. Jenny Blackford has created a time-shifting, spine-tingling winner with The Girl in the Mirror."
I'm delighted to see three excellent early reviews, on BuzzWords, ReadPlus and The Compulsive Reader.
On BuzzWords, Karen Hendriks says,
On BuzzWords, Karen Hendriks says,
...There is a mystery to be solved and lives to be saved and an evil force to be overcome. This time-shifting tale hooks the reader into the mystery with its clever storytelling. The reader wants to join the girls in their quest to remove the evil that lurks in the shadows of both their lives....The two girls must use all their intelligence and work together. But will they succeed?
This is a gripping middle grade novel that is an original and captivating read.
On ReadPlus, Elizabeth Bondar writes,
Beautifully written and particularly aimed at adolescent readers, this novel transcends the science-fiction genre becoming equally acceptable as a light-hearted story on the world of women and a modern and vibrant text on the differences in the world of women, on change and adaptation to the vastly different worlds in which these young women live.
...Difference in the two eras is a dominant aspect of this narrative, and it is their revelation and discussion of the changes over time, and the historical oppression of women in the past, that entertain the reader. In exploring how the human and technological worlds have evolved, and what this has meant for women particularly, the novel is a definitive text on difference, change and the way in which we humans have managed our reality over the centuries. Enjoyable and revelatory, this novel is most suitable for adolescent reading and interesting for adult reading too.
On The Compulsive Reader, poet, author and critic Magdalena writes,
The way in which the present and the past are intertwined is intriguing, and readers will be drawn into the story and the way in which it plays out. There is plenty of humour, suspense, and history:
…this was 1899, after all, an enlightened, scientific age. They had running water in the kitchen and Father was even talking about getting modern gas lighting installed in the house. (p28)
The Girl in the Mirror is a delightful book for readers of all ages and can also be read to younger children as it isn’t too scary and the overall theme is a positive one. Fiona McDonald’s lovely ink illustrations add a lovely touch to the text. I particularly like the little funnel webs at the bottom of some of the pages. The Girl in the Mirror would make a great gift for a young reader, who will find Maddy and Clarissa’s ability to transcend time and work together as a team engaging.
Feel fre to listen to Magdalena Ball's interview with me about THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR and more!