For her twelve daughters, the Queen’s death is a loss beyond their mother: the King decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs, which includes their lessons, possessions, and even their freedom. While locked away most hours of the day and night, they stumble upon a hidden, magical world, and it seems a perfect temporary escape. Their outings do not go unnoticed, however, and the King announces a contest: the man who discovers where the princesses go each night can marry the girl of his choice and become ruler of the kingdom. But the sisters will not bend to this fate, so they determine to save themselves in a brilliant twist.
The Restless Girls is a sparkling whirl of a fairytale that doesn’t need a prince to save the day, and instead is full of brave, resourceful, clever young women.
Jessie Burton studied at Oxford University and then went on to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She worked as an actress and a personal assistant before her first novel, The Miniaturist, was published. The Miniaturist was translated into thirty-eight languages and has sold over a million copies around the world. The television adaptation was adapted for television to be broadcasted on MASTERPIECE on PBS. Her second novel, The Muse, was published in 2016 and is also a number one bestseller. The Restless Girls is Jessie’s first book for children.
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Angela Barrett studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has taught Illustration at Cambridge College of Technology, and Drawing at Chelsea College. She won the Smarties Book Prize for Can It Be True? and has been shortlisted three times for the Kurt Maschler Award and once for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She also illustrated multi-starred-review titles like The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz and The Most Wonderful Thing in the World, by Vivian French. She lives in London.