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Paperback Published on: 06/02/2020
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A simply sublime sequel that manages to surpass the original!
This is the last book I had to read by Vashti Hardy and I'm so sad I have to wait for another one! Twins Arthur and Maudie have already had quite the adve... READ MORE
Gavin Hetherington


  The thrilling second novel in the acclaimed series The Brightstorm Chronicles! The Brightstorm twins are back for another adventure! Eudora Vane has organized an explorer fleet to search the last known destination of missing adventurer Ermitage Wrigglesworth. Harriet Culpepper and the crew of the Aurora join the mission, but they don't believe that Eudora has good intentions. What is she really looking for? Arthur is determined to find out, and when disaster strikes and the Brightstorm twins are separated, will he and Maudie be able to find their way back to each other? The long-awaited sequel to Brightstorm, which was selected as the first Booksellers Association Children's Book of the Season, won the West Sussex Children's Story Book Award, was shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Awards and the Waterstones' Children's Book Prize, and longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Perfect for fans of books by Peter Bunzl, Abi Elphinstone, and Alex Bell.   PRAISE FOR BRIGHTSTORM: "A pacy tale of lies and greed versus loyalty" Observer "Hardy has drunk from the same cup as Philip Reeve and Philip Pullman. This is a skilful, gripping and hugely enjoyable account of the bonds that keep families together." Literary Review "Full of surprises and keeps you desperate to find the truth" National Geographic Kids "An unputdownable Victorian adventure with vivid characters that travels at lightning speed" BookTrust's Great Books Guide "A highly entertaining old-school adventure" The Bookseller

  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • ISBN: 9781407197265
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 370g
  • Dimensions: 200 x 157 x 30 mm

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A beautiful, exciting adventure, with all the romance of old fashioned exploration voyages but with a serious social conscience.
Brightstorm is one of my absolute favourite books, so I was thrilled to get an early copy of the sequel from Scholastic, and dived into it immediately. It... READ MORE
Liam James
An explorers dream!
This enchanting book is the sequel to Brightstorm and the further adventures of Maudie and Arthur. It does not disappoint in any way and subtly leaves us w... READ MORE
Amanda Gray
Fabulous fantasy for children, like Philip Pulman only cosier
If you've not discovered Vashti Hardy's books yet, and you love a rich, fantasy yarn with exploration, sapient creatures and beautiful/evil villainesses, y... READ MORE
Kate Swift
A brilliant adventure exploring further in the Brightstorm world.
This book was as captivating as the first. My son (11) and myself, a teacher, could not put it down. We had to buy 2 copies... we love the familiar charact... READ MORE
Elizabeth Williams
Another delightful, intriguing Brightstorm adventure.
Darkwhispers sees us re-join the crew of the Aurora as they prepare to head East in search of the missing explorer, Ermitage Wrigglesworth. It isn’t long b... READ MORE
Emma Forrest
Prepare for an Adventurous Rollercoaster of a Read.
When the much anticipated Darkwhispers plopped through my letterbox, I was deep in chapter one before the kettle had even boiled and read voraciously to th... READ MORE
Emma Bennett
Prepare for a gripping, action-packed adventure into the jungle!
Darkwhispers is the absolutely gripping sequel to Brightstorm where we once again join the Brightstorm twins and the crew of The Aurora on another action-p... READ MORE
Fabulous adventure and wonderful characters.
I loved Brightstorm and this second book didn’t disappoint. The adventure transports you to a completely different world, introducing us to amazing new spe... READ MORE
Laura Reid
Pure, fantastic escapism!
Adventure, excitement, intrigue: Vashti Hardy creates stories of cinematic scope. 'Darkwhispers', like its predecessor 'Brightstorm', is a rollicking good ... READ MORE
Chris Soul UK
Epic adventure sequel
This brilliant sequel can be read as a standalone but I would recommend dipping into the world of Vashti’s first book ‘Brightstorm’ first. If you are new ... READ MORE
Kate Poels
Thrilling immersive rescue-adventure to rainforest climes
In Dark Whispers the Brightstorms’ journey is growing hotter with the weather & secret plans. Vashti Hardy has this time chartered a thrilling journey t... READ MORE
Brilliant fantasy sequel
This brilliant sequel can be read as a standalone but I would recommend dipping into the world of Vashti’s first book ‘Brightstorm’ first. If you are new ... READ MORE
Kate Poels
A wonderful sequel to Brightstorm
After raising the bar so high with Brightstorm, Vashti hardy didn't have an easy task in setting the twins up on an adventure to rival the excitement of th... READ MORE
Melissa H
Fantastic adventure!
A great story full of exploration for all. I didn’t want it to end! I really enjoyed following Maudie and Arthur on their sky-ship adventure.
Rebecca Wilson