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Author(s): Sharon Gosling
A girl alone in a city that believes women incapable of magic, Luciana finds herself in a race to protect her grandfather's legacy. It's 1897 and since the Magnificent Marko's death, no magician has come close to performing a trick as spectacular as 'The Golden Butterfly'. When the menacing leader of the Grand Society of Magicians tries to uncover the secret of Marko's trick, Luciana realises that she must act to protect her grandfather's reputation. But as she is drawn further in to the mysterious magical world her grandfather left behind, Luciana realises that among his many secrets may be one about her past...
Sharon Gosling's debut book for middle-grade readers, The Diamond Thief, won the Redbridge Children's Book Award in 2014. It is part of a trilogy. Her YA novel FIR was shortlisted for the Lancashire Book of the Year 2017. She also writes books and articles about television and film, and has written, produced and directed audio dramas. Sharon and her husband live in a very remote village in northern Cumbria, surrounded by fells, sheep, and a host of lovely neighbours who will one day make very good characters in their own book. When she's not writing, she bakes a lot of cake and bread, attempts to grow things in an allotment, and catches the baby rabbits unhelpfully brought in by the cat.