Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell

The first in a series for junior readers, Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a sweet, magical journey in a town named ‘City of Clouds’. Harper is a young musically talented girl who lives with her great aunt in a building populated by musicians, artists and animals.

When all the cats in the building disappear, Harper is worried about her magical cat, Midnight. She joins forces with other children in the building to find the cats, and the story progresses into an amusing, if somewhat chaotic, plot involving a wolf, a magical, scarlet umbrella and a man who is using the kidnapped cats to further his own ambitions. The story is a testimony to the powers of friendship, cooperation, music, and, of course, magic!

Annie Condon