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The first adventure in a spellbinding new magical world.

Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia's world, Making - crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients - is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.

When Cordelia's father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.

It's up to Cordelia to find out who and why....

©2021 Tamzin Merchant (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Just beautiful!!!

Such a wonderful world has been created full of adventure and intrigue, beauty, courage and love.

Absolutely loved Tamzin's narration.

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  • 23-05-22

Excellent story

Brilliantly read, engaging and beautifully written. My son and I listened to it over several car journeys. We were both hooked

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A lovely story and read wonderfully by the author

A lovely story which is read by the author and makes a big difference to the rhythm of the narration.
Well written with a good storyline

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Lovely book

I loved this book because it is widely inventive and charming for all great readers

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Outstanding novel

A middle-grade book that ticks all the correct boxes aimed at that very important reading age-group. Tamzin has woven a magic tale with an amazing storyline that had me laughing out loud at times and at other times nearly shaking in my boots. Very cleverly, Tamzin has balanced any fearful moments with subtle hints of humour that reminds the reader that it is just a story, no matter how realistic it might seem - this is by far the most important characteristic of middle-grade books and Tamzin has done so perfectly. In choice of characters, there is someone in the story for every reader. The protagonists are loveable, believable and I climbed into their shoes from the very first page. The antagonists are nasty and cruel and they play their part beautifully. Thank you Tamzin for sending us on such an amazing adventure. Beautifully read by Tamzin too. What a wonderful experience.

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thoroughly enjoyable

I highly recommend this book. It's a adventure that keeps you listening from start to finish. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • 10-06-22

honestly loved it

Although the target audience is middle grade kids, I couldn't put it down. The characters were brightly imagined, the story was compelling, and the narration was dynamic. What more could you ask for?