By K.M. Herbert

The Book of Moons

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Sixteen-year-old Kathy is on the run from a convent orphanage. She must reach Dublin to find her best friend but she’s woken up in an Irish Traveller camp, miles from anywhere. Her only chance of getting to the city is with their help, but for that, she needs to become one of them…

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K.M. Herbert

Kayla ‘K.M.’ Herbert is a Canadian YA author and poet living in England. Her debut novel, The Book of Moons, was longlisted in Adventures in Fiction’s 2018 New Voices competition. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from McGill University and is an avid reader, with a particular interest in re-imagined fairytales, folklores and myths.

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The Book of Moons

Sixteen-year-old Kathy is on the run from a convent orphanage. She must reach Dublin to find her best friend but she’s woken up in an Irish Traveller camp, miles from anywhere. Her only chance of getting to the city is with their help, but for that, she needs to become one of them.

Kathy has until the next full moon to find a talent and prove herself worthy. She enlists the help of a gifted young fiddler named Heath. But the others have become suspicious of Kathy, made worse by the disaster that follows in her wake. Only the matriarch of the clan seems to believe in Kathy’s potential.

Time is running out for Kathy as she races across Ireland, along the way encountering fairy forts, changelings and tinkers. And while she tries their gifts of fortune telling and palmistry, nothing seems to work for her – until she discovers the Book of Moons.

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Masterful tale of Irish descent

Kayla had an opportunity to speak with The Clare Echo about her debut novel, The Book of Moons. Set in Ennis, Kayla spoke to the local Irish paper about her inspiration for choosing the county’s capital city as her inspiration

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