Author(s): Barbara Else
Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself in the South. But the young Queen, 12 year old Sibilla, is fed-up, too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to go with him, insisting he go north to get his mother's bag back from the Emperor of Um'Binnia.
Finalist for the LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal 2013
Honour Award, Junior Fiction New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2013
Barbara Else is the author of six adult novels, and she is one of New Zealand's most respected writers. She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature, and has worked as a university tutor, editor and freelance writer. Barbara lives in Wellington, New Zealand.