Edie and the Box of Flits


Publication Date: 31 Aug. 2021
Format: Paperback / softback

ISBN 9781848129108

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    When 11-year-old Edie Winter finds a mysterious box on the London Underground she's amazed to discover that it's home to a family of Flits--tiny winged people. But Impy, Speckle and Nid need Edie's help. Not only do they need supplies (rice crispies, sugar sprinkles, digestive biscuits and raisins) and someone to look after them, but their brother Jot has run away and they need Edie's help to find him.

    Set against the backdrop of London and its Underground network, Edie and the Box of Flits is a story about friendship, family and noticing the little things in life.

    Information

    Book Type: Junior Chapter
    Age Group: 9 to 13 years
    Traffic Lights: Amber
    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: 5/5
    Literary Rating: 5/5

    Review

    A really fun tale with just enough enchantment to make the reader believe it's all possible. Edie loves going to her dad's place of work: London Transport's Lost Property office. When she discovers an old box full of tiny winged creatures, "Flits", she's swept into a world of adventure that only children can see.

    Something is targeting the Flits, ransacking their homes and capturing their young. At the same time thefts have skyrocketed on the Underground, but no one has any answers. Edie sets out to find where her Flits family has gone. Along the way she meets Charlie, who also knows about the Flits and enlists the help of a young colleague of her father's. They discover that another of her father's colleagues is behind it all. She's trained the baby Flits to steal jewellery unnoticed and has an army of birds at her disposal too. The final showdown takes place in the disused tunnels and stations of London Underground.

    A wonderfully engaging adventure story which will delight all readers.

    Themes

    London Underground, lost property, adventure, bullies, true friendship, Little People, help, rescue, belief

    Content Notes

    Mention of Halloween and trick-or-treating; some girls dress up as witches (p. 112, 114). Edie and her mother discuss Finnish fairytales and pixies, which are called kotitonttu.

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