Hortense and the Shadow
Hortense hated her shadow. Everywhere she went, it went. Everything she did, it did. And every time night fell, it grew... Tall and dark and crooked.
Hortense is kind, and brave, and friends with all the animals in the wild woods. But how can she be happy? Her shadow is always there. And the more Hortense tries to hide her shadow, the bigger and darker it grows.
So Hortense dreams up a plot to get rid of her shadow. And later, all alone in the dark wild woods, she discovers that a girl without a shadow is far smaller...
Hortense and the Shadow is a fable and a fairytale that balances darkness with light. It will be in shops in October 2017 published by Puffin at Penguin Random House (UK) and Little Brown (USA).