MIDNIGHT BLUE 

‘As they rose, the sun rose with them as if they were racing for the top of the sky. Its warmth welcomed them, turning the dark skin of the fiery balloon a beautiful midnight blue. They flew straight up. Above them, the sweet, clear music of the lonely pipe, the only sound left in the whole world, drew them on until they prepared to hit the very roof-top of the sky itself. Then the smooth sky puckered into cloth-of-blue and drew aside for them, like curtains parting. The music called again, and they passed straight through.’

Smarties Grand Prix winner, Midnight Blue, tells the story of Bonnie who, torn between her young mother, Maybelle, and the greedy and cruel Grandbag, is forced to flee in a hot air balloon piloted by a mysterious Shadowboy and fuelled by nothing but magic, smoke and fire.

On the other side of the sky – in a world she’s always dreamt of, never believing it could be real – Bonnie finds a new home which is a bizarre mirror image of all she’s left behind.  But just as Bonnie dares believe she might be safe here, the cruelty of Grandbag reappears, threatening to destroy everything she’s struggled to achieve. 

Unexpected help comes from Edric and Godda, the mythical and highly elusive lord and lady of Highholly Hill. But Bonnie has to face up to challenges - and make hard choices - which are hers alone.

 

MIDNIGHT BLUE CHARACTERS

Sunday
Nov132011

BONNIE: MEET MIDNIGHT BLUE'S HEROINE, IN THE BOOK'S OWN WORDS. IF THIS STORY BELONGS TO ANYONE, IT'S HER:

Deep down inside Bonnie, in that place that daydreamed wildly about things that couldn’t really be, a jigsaw piece fitted into place...

Click to read more ...

Monday
Nov142011

MAYBELLE: MEET BONNIE'S MUM THE WAY BONNIE SEES HER, AND IN HER DREAMS...

‘You’d like Maybelle. She’s really fun. At least she is when Grandbag isn’t around.’ ‘And what’s she like when Grandbag is around?

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Nov152011

GRANDBAG: ONCE MET, IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET...

‘If you knew Grandbag, you’d understand. She catches sight of things, you see, and they have to be hers. And not just things either. People too...

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Nov162011

MICHAEL: MEET THE MAN WITH THE STILL, GREY EYES...

He stood behind her smoking a cigarette, the man from the house. In the early morning light, she could see his face was dark like a gypsy’s and his hair gingery brown like a ripe nut...

Click to read more ...

Thursday
Nov172011

THE SHADOWBOY: DARK LIKE SHADOWS, QUICK LIKE FLICKERING FLAMES

‘What are you?’ Bonnie said. ‘I don’t know,’ the boy replied. ‘You’re not a person, are you?’ Bonnie said...

Click to read more ...

Friday
Nov182011

ARABELLA: BONNIE'S DOUBLE, OR IS THERE MORE TO HER THAN THAT?

'Arabella, you'll fall and break your neck! I'm always telling you that. Get back through that window. What can you be thinking of, sitting out there like that...'

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Nov192011

THE MUM AND DAD: NOT BONNIE'S, THOUGH SHE SOMETIMES WISHED THEY WERE

Mum smiled at him. He reached for his glass and lifted it. Mum got to her feet and lifted her glass too...

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Nov192011

WILD EDRIC & LADY GODDA: MORE THAN JUST MYTH?

‘He and Godda are supposed to be the guardians of the hill,’ Mum said. ‘The old miners used to say they could hear them knocking in the darkness underground...'

Click to read more ...