Levi Pinfold
The Song from Somewhere Else

Bloomsbury (9+)

9781408853368 (hardback)

An atmospheric, quirky novel about two loners who become unlikely friends during one very strange summer holiday. Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help ...A poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story from acclaimed poet A.F. Harrold about the power of the extraordinary, and finding friendship where you least expect it.

Pinfold’s swirling, smoky illustrations and limited use of palette add an unsettling layer of mystery and intrigue to this surreal adventure story about two young misfits. The sepia-tinted dust jacket with silver foil detail, and green nettle end papers, lead the reader into a dusty, small town where Frank and Nick strike up an unusual friendship. From our first sight of hulking Nick, to the small, detailed drawings which head each chapter Pinfold creates a very strong synergy, text and illustrations superbly marry together to create a sinister feel: a visual feast which offers a tantalising glimpse into another world…the magical world of trolls and ancient melodies which lives beyond Nick’s cellar.


Levi Pinfold has published several picture books, including The Django, Greenling and Black Dog, which won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2013. Born in England, he now lives in New South Wales, Australia.

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