A glittering story of frost and friendship, with writing full of magic and heart, the Branford Boase-longlisted A Girl Called Owl is a stunning debut about family and the beauty of the natural world. Its bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when youve got a dad youve never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, theres not a lot of room for much else. So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, shes tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it. Could her strange new powers be linked to her mysterious father? And what will happen when she enters the magical world of winter for the first time? A story of wild winds and bitter frosts with the warmth of friendship at its heart. – Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song. A sparklingly frosty read, full of feisty characters, myth and mystery – Daily Mail.