The Dollmaker of Krakow: eBook (Reflowable ePub)

By R. M. Romero

A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, fairytale and history.

A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little doll named Karolina comes to life in a toyshop in Krakow, Poland, in 1939 and changes the life of the gruff, broken-hearted Dollmaker. And when the darkness of the Nazi occupation sweeps over the city, Karolina and the Dollmaker must bravely use their magic to save their Jewish friends from a terrible danger, no matter what the risks. This powerful story is about finding friendship in the darkest of places and the importance of love in times of great pain.

Categories: Ebooks

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Reflowable
  • ISBN: 9781406380095
  • Published: 05 Oct 2017
  • Price: £6.99
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  • Pages: 288

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'“It's genuinely beautiful to read, the writing is of such high quality. The characters are incredibly well imagined and rise from the pages as fully-formed, interesting people dealing with seismic events and problems. Both worlds - that of reality and that of fantasy - are deep, rich and vivid. As noted, parts of The Dollmaker of Krakow are hard to read, even hurt to read, but the pay-off is worth it. One for middle grade readers of open hearts, clear minds and a love of beautiful writing.”' Book Bag

'“R. M. Romero's unique tale already feels like it could be a future children's classic […] Delicately written and complemented by stunning, timeless illustrations from Lisa Perrin, The Dollmaker of Krakow is an astonishing debut novel that will have a lasting impact on everyone who reads it.”' BookTrust

'[…] remarkable debut […] fabulous fable […] The book is beautifully produced in hardback form, with Hans Christian Andersen-style silhouette paper cut-outs lining each page.' The Irish Times

'This is a beautiful story about the power of friendship and magic, even in the very darkest of times.' The Week Junior

'This is a sublimely big-souled book, with an exquisite ambiance of timelessness.' Joanne Owen, LoveReading Debut of the Month

'“The story between these pages is as beautiful and complex as its cover and illustrations. A real treat for both young readers and adults.”' albainbookland.com

'“I believe that any book that introduces another facet to a heartbreakingly tragic time in history is important. […] our Year 7 students all enjoyed the novel”' Times Educational Supplement, student reviews included “I would force everyone I know to read this book”

'“This is an incredibly powerful story with a very usual and clever mix of fairytale magic and grim reality, helping make the darkness of the story palpable without lessening its impact. It is an unputdownable read that will remain with you long after you have reached the end.”' Primary Times

'“original, accomplished”' The School Librarian

'"R M Romero skilfully combines historical fiction and fantasy to create a visually stunning debut.”' The Scotsman

'“The Dollmaker of Krakow is an absolute wonder - heartbreaking and heart-lifting. RM Romero has written such a difficult story so exquisitely.”' Emma Carroll author of Letters from the Lighthouse

'“An enchantingly heartrending conjuration that weaves folklore magic with the darkness of Nazi-occupied Poland. […] shimmering, lyrical language […] This is a sublimely big-souled book, with an exquisite ambiance of timelessness. It’s genuinely beautiful to read, the writing is of such high quality. The characters are incredibly well imagined and rise form the pages as fully-formed, interesting people dealing with seismic events and problems. Both worlds – that of reality and that of fantasy – are deep, rich and vivid.”' Sherborne Times

'an important story re-told in an entirely original and quietly compelling way.' School Zone

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