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Blog Tour (Extract & Illustration from Tracy Bishop): The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

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I'm so delighted to share an exclusive extract & illustration on The Reader Teacher today from The Silver Arrow, by Lev Grossman & interiorly illustrated by Tracy Bishop.

Extract & Illustration


A small gray fox bent down and placed its ticket carefully on the platform.

“Hi,” it said

“Hi,” Kate said.

“Been a long time since a train came through here,” the fox said.

“Very long,” said the badger, transferring its ticket to its paws.

Kate thought of saying Is that so? or How about that! but rejected both ideas as fatally uncool.

“How long?” Tom said.

“About thirty years,” the badger said. “Where have you been? You’re very late.”

“Wait – just – how can you be talking?!” Kate said.

“Oh, I know,” the fox said. “We do talk sometimes, just not around humans. Frankly, we don’t meet a lot of humans who are worth talking to. No offence.”

Kate supposed that was fair.

“But you haven’t been standing here waiting this whole time, have you?” she said. “Like, the whole thirty years?”

“Oh, no. Of course not. We just look in here once in a while to check. I mean, we’re animals, it’s not like we have jobs.”

You can order The Silver Arrow online, buy it from your local bookshop or reserve it from your local library.

Many thanks to Bloomsbury, the publisher, for sending me a review copy of this book and to Jade for inviting me to be a part of The Silver Arrow blog tour.


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