The Whisperwicks: The Labyrinth of Lost and Found

Jordan Lees, Vivienne Yo (illus.)

The Whisperwicks: The Labyrinth of Lost and Found
Penguin Random House Children's UK
United Kingdom
26 March 2024

The Whisperwicks: The Labyrinth of Lost and Found

Jordan Lees, Vivienne Yo (illus.)

The spell-binding world-building of Philip Pullman with the page-turning kid appeal of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief. Discover a world of magic and secrets, friendship and unimaginable quests in this spectacular new fantasy series from the most exciting new voice in children's books.

A boy who doesn't believe in magic. An impossible world that will change his mind.

Eleven-year-old Benjamiah Creek believes in science, logic and the power of reason. He definitely does not believe in magic. But when he receives a mysterious gift in the post - a doll that can transform into a bird - he is led into the impossible (and most definitely magical) world of Wreathenwold, where dark secrets are lost amongst a vast labyrinth of streets.

Benjamiah soon finds himself swept along in a dangerous quest - led by the fierce and brilliant Elizabella, who is determined to solve the disappearance of her missing brother.

Will Benjamiah ever find his way home and discover his puzzling connection with this strange, enchanted world?


Benjamiah is a realist. He does not like anything remotely fictional, and could not care less about all the mythology books his father reads and wishes his son would indulge in too. Instead, Benjamiah finds comfort and reassurance in science and logic – until one day Benjamiah receives a mysterious doll posted directly to him, which transforms into a bird and whisks him away to Wreathenwold: an impossibly magical world in the middle of a large labyrinth which is controlled by a monstrous minotaur at the centre. When Benjamiah meets the fierce and headstrong Elizabella, whose brother has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, he embarks on an epic journey to not only find his way back home, but also to uncover the secrets that led him to Wreathenwold in the first place.

With rich worldbuilding and entertaining characters, Jordan Lees has written a heartfelt story tackling difficult themes of family problems and grief, whilst also weaving a fantastical world of myth and mystery. All fantasy lovers will devour this thrilling beginning to an already captivating trilogy. The Whisperwicks is an exciting new debut perfect for fans of Keeper of the Lost Cities, His Dark Materials, and Percy Jackson aged 9+.

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