Book Review: Spellboda by JC Clarke

Today’s review is for Spellboda by JC Clarke that materialised on the bookshelf, thanks to Literally PR.

Spellboda by JC Clarke

Book Review: Spellboda by JC Clarke

Title: Spellboda

Author: J C Clarke

Publisher: The Book Guild

Genre: Middle grade, Children’s fiction, YA, Fantasy

Release Date: 23rd September 2021


A journey to trust and self-belief… join Trevor in his adventure as he discovers his incredible gift. Share the magic of his journey as he learns we can achieve anything – when we really, really want to.

For fans of Piers Torday & CS Lewis

Trust, belief and a little magic… then maybe they could both fly free.

Since Trevor’s mum died his dad can barely look at him without yelling. Home is awful, school is worse. People just let you down, and Trevor only talks to Mrs. Bingo-Wings, his mum’s cat. But then he meets Midge, a peregrine falcon in danger, and finds out he has a gift that could change his life forever. Trevor is thrown into the heart of a magical adventure that could promise freedom – for Midge and for himself – but can he overcome his doubts and fears, and take on the destiny he’s only just discovered?

Thoughts From the Emporium

Amber read this first after being attracted by its simple but effective cover and blurb. As someone who has experienced an awful homelife after her mum died, she instantly connected to Trevor but it was the first chapter which captivated all at the emporium. The detailed, immersive description of flight set the story well and captured everyone’s imagination. It was an exquisite experience.

Watching the relationship between Midge, a peregrine falcon and Trevor deepen, and his self belief flourish was a joy to read and the ensuing magical adventure kept the pages turning. The author’s knowledge and passion for falconry and conservation shone on every page and added to the depth of this beautiful novel. It was refreshing to see a child with mutism take centre stage and have those around him accept his disability and make adaptations. The subject matter of grief was tackled sensitively and made Amber tear up on more than one occasion.

Beautifully written, about a child with a unique ability to understand birds and animals this novel will be a firm favourite on the Enchanted Emporium bookshelf. Everyone is looking forward to seeing where Spellboda goes next and Rosa has started to read it to Alejo for bedtime reading.

Author biography

Photo of Jo Clarke, woman with long blonde hair wearing a black top

Previously a falconer, consultant and writer-presenter of CITV’s Wild World, JC Clarke is now loving the writer’s life and is also a script consultant and copywriter.
She’s been involved in falconry and conservation industries for over twenty years and is passionate about protecting wildlife. Having worked with children and young adults as a youth worker, JC Clarke hopes that her writing will help young people believe they are worth something and should aim for their dreams. An alumna of the Curtis Brown Creative Writing for Children Course, Jo was shortlisted for Best Opening Chapter for Spellboda at the 2019 Jericho Writers Festival of Writing. She lives in Ashford, Kent with her family – and a large number of animals!

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