Lilac Peabody and Honeysuckle Hope

Lilac Peabody and Honeysuckle Hope

Annie Dalton

Pub date
B Format 129x198mm
96 pages
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Book Overview

The fourth book in this series for younger readers sparkles like its star, Lilac Peabody. As small, quick and shimmery as a dragonfly, Lilac is a friend indeed to all children in need – empowering them to solve their own problems and then disappearing as soon as she is no longer required.

Lilac Peabody is a small and shimmery little alien being who flits around helping children and tackles any challenge presented. Sometimes she’s an intergalactic party-planner, at others a cosmic beachcomber – but always a friend to any child that needs her. Lilac Peabody empowers children to solve their own problems and then disappears once they have achieved their aims.

Honey Hope is a bully. She teases and taunts, sniggers and sneers. But why is she so mean? What lies behind her unappealing behaviour? Lilac attaches herself to Honeysuckle to find out and, as with the other children, Honey is all the better for it. This story ends with a party, and for the first time all four children from the book series discover their common friendship with Lilac Peabody… but by this time, Lilac has moved on!

About the author

Annie Dalton grew up as an only child in the
countryside during the fifties. For the first years of
her life her father was mostly away overseas. When he was home on leave he would entertain her with fantastical stories, often casting her as a central character. After her father left their family for
good, Annie missed him and his stories and her intense longing eventually took her to the fantasy section in her local library, thus starting a life-long addiction to fiction.
Annie studied at Warwick University and soon began to write. She quickly established herself as a successful children's writer when her second story The Real Tilly Beany was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, as was Night Maze. The After Dark Princess won the Nottinghamshire Book Award and Naming the Dark and Swan Sister were both shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award. As a result of being asked to contribute a story for A Century of Stories, an anthology compiled by Wendy Cooling and published by HarperCollins Children's Books, she created the angel Mel
Beeby. From this one-off story a whole new Mel Beeby, Agent Angel series about the character was created.
Annie Dalton says she never held down a ‘real’ job for more than a few months but she did once work as a Writer in Residence in a prison and it changed her life: I was there for three years, on and off, and it changed me completely." She now lives overlooking a Norfolk meadow with a ruined castle and her reputation as a successful children's author continues to grow. Annie's writing is lively, contemporary and witty; she tackles very real subjects with both humour and sensitivity.