Intense imaginative power combines with brilliant poetic technique in a major new work by one of the leading poets writing for young people.


Daphne is unbearably sad and adrift. She seeks solace both in the security of her local library and the escape her phone screen provides. Trying to make sense of what has happened, she recalls memories of shared times and stories past, and in facing the darkness she finds a way back from the tangle of fear and confusion, to feel connected once more with her friends and family. Joseph Coelho deploys a wide variety of poetic forms with consummate skill in his narration of events, seamlessly but searingly weaving together the ancient legend of Daphne, who was turned into a tree to avoid the attentions of the god Apollo, and a totally modern tale, mixing real life and fantasy, in which a latter-day Daphne seeks her own freedom.

By Joseph Coelho

Illustrated by Kate Milner

HB £12.99 Aug 20

198x129mm  176pp 

Age 13+


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JOSEPH COELHO was brought up in a tower block in Roehampton, west London. His first poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, won the CLiPPA Award, and was followed by Overheard in a Tower Block (2017). Joseph is a staunch ambassador for Britain’s straitened public libraries as well as a welcome performer at children’s book events throughout the country. He lives in Kent.


KATE MILNER was a librarian before embarking on a new and very successful career as an illustrator and author. She is the illustrator of Overheard in a Tower Block. Her own first book, My Name is Not Refugee (2018), won the Klaus Flugge Prize. She lives in Bedfordshire.


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