Publication date: January 2015
World Rights Rights sold: Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands, New Zealand, USA, World English Audio
While visiting her father in hospital, 13-year-old Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors.
But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him.
Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry’s window. Isla believes that if she can help the swan, she can help Harry. And in doing so, she embarks upon a magical journey of her own …
Every year, Dad waits for them. He says it means the start of winter, when they arrive . . . the start of Christmas. The start of everything brilliant. When he was a boy, he would sit with Nan and Granddad in a field near the lake behind their house . . . and wait.
It was usually cold, and dark,