By: Tamzin Merchant
Genre: YFT - Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Penguin
Published: 2 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9780241509029


Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia's world, Making - crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients - is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.

When Cordelia's father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.

It's up to Cordelia to find out who, and why...

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“Keep Wildness in your wits and magic in your fingertips”. This is what Cordelia’s Dad tells her before he disappears. Cordelia is the youngest Hatmaker, one of the few magical Maker families left.

But someone seems to be trying to bring back an ancient rivalry between the Maker families, and Cordelia needs to find out why. Together with her friend Goose, who belongs to the Bootmaker family, they must solve this mystery and fast!

This is a wonderful story, perfect for readers who love magic, mystery and adventure. Cordelia and Goose are great characters that you cannot help but adore, and with a supporting cast of loving family and friends, as well as a few evil villains, this book races along at a cracking pace.

A perfect magic and fantasy story for readers in lower secondary and above.

Reviewed by Michelle