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The Wolf's Secret - Foyles Children's Book of the Year

10th December 2020

Foyles Books of the Year

Take a look inside The Wolf's Secret

Foyles Children's Book of the Year 2020


The Wolf's Secret by Nicolas Digard, Myriam Dahman, Julia Sarda Portabella


Enter the darkly beautiful picture book world of The Wolf’s Secret, the first English-language children’s book from co-writers Myriam Dahman and Nicolas Digard, with exquisite illustrations from Júlia Sardà. It’s a beautiful story of promises and curses and eagles and magicians, with stunning illustrations match it, and here you can read the opening lines and get a glimpse of the wonderful accompanying artwork.


Far, far away in the North, there was a forest deep and forgotten.

Old pines wrapped around each other, protecting its mystery. Over the treetops loomed a mountain and from the midst of the branches came a never-ending whisper.

In this forest, lived a Wolf.

His fur was dark like tree bark after the rain. His eyes were golden like the rising moon.

He was the biggest wolf ever born and all the animals of the forest feared him.

But this Wolf had a secret.

In a clearing, in the middle of the forest, where the sun lingered on the ferns and the forest floor was sprinkled with wildflowers, stood a wooden house, and in it lived a young woman.

Her hair was dark like the woods and wild like the grass. In the depths of her amber eyes, the Wolf sensed a tenderness that touched his heart. 




Nicolas Digard (Author)
Born in Paris in 1980, Nicolas Digard began writing in 2006 as a scriptwriter for animated television series. He has written more than 60 episodes on series including Angelo Rules, The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue, Super 4 and Gawayn. He published his first historical novel Les Loups De Sherwood (The Sherwood Wolves), in 2014. He wrote the first seven books in the bestselling children's series Frigiel & Fluffy, and is the author of Slurp!, and Le Manchot Qui Avait Marre D'etre Pris Pour Un Pingouin. Nicolas is currently working on a new animated series and a historical series for television, and is writing his second historical novel. He is a strong advocate for authors' rights. 

Myriam Dahman Saidi (Author)
Myriam Dahman was born and raised in Morocco and moved to France, aged 18, to study. Since then, she's lived in Barcelona, Shanghai, New York and the Caribbean. She now lives in Paris, where she works as a climate change expert while also writing Children books. She's published several children's books in France including Ma Maison a le Hoquet, Le Barbare en Collants Jaunes and Tout Pour Devenir une Sorciere. The Wolf's Secret, which she co-authored with Nicolas Dahman, is her first picture book published in the UK. It's a dark and lyrical contemporary fairy tale about love and loneliness, with just a pinch of magic.

Julia Sarda (Illustrator)
Julia Sarda` is a freelance illustrator from Barcelona. She began her studies at the Fine Arts University of Barcelona, but then switched to a graphic arts course at an illustration school to focus more on her technique and to prepare herself for an illustration career. She worked as a colorist in a studio making editorial merchandise for Disney and Disney Pixar. Two years later she bravely set off on her own as a freelance illustrator. She began working on concept art for video games where she honed her own style and developed her vision. Now she works mostly in children's illustration and has had the pleasure of illustrating some of her favourite classics including Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.



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