By K.M. Herbert
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…
About the Author
Kayla ‘K.M.’ Herbert is a Canadian children’s author and poet living in England. Her debut YA 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 currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. She 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.
In the News
Ennis the setting of novel by Canadian writer
Canadian novelist Kayla Herbert has penned a masterful tale of Irish descent, with the young adult writer longlisted in the Adventures in Fiction’s 2018 New Voices competition
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
Debut novel for Guiseley resident
A “HAUNTINGLEY beautiful” novel set in 1970s Ireland has been launched by a Guiseley woman.
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