Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend
by Lizzie Huxley-Jones
"The problem with growing up listening to bedtime stories about monsters, magic and myth is that you don't really question it when a lake summons you"...
Vivi and her two mums relocate to London from Wales. Having been bullied at her last school, Vivi is anxious about the new start- especially as she finds reading people something of a challenge. But, little does she know that having answered Lake Llyn's call just prior to their departure, Vivi is now full of wizadry- the magic of the calons, Ceridwen specifically, and of that sword, Excalibar... Now all that's left is to find the rest of he calonnau!
A spinningly magical world, drenched in Welsh mythology and anchored in contemporary London. The novel includes a brilliantly diverse array of characters. Vivi (like the author) is autistic and is raised by two mums. The merry band she forms in London includes amputee (and mixed race) triathlete, Stevie and, perhaps our favourite secondary character, non-binary Dara. Lovely book cover art from the wonderful Harry Woodgate too! Age 8-12, Paperback 352pp