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Silverlake Fairy School: Book 5
Bugs and butterflies
by Elizabeth Lindsay
Bugs and Butterflies is the magical game played at Silverlake Fairy School. Lila dreams of being picked to play for her clan's team, and she's in with a chance too, until someone starts cheating... But Princess Bee Balm is being unusually friendly to Lila. So, what's going on?
Elizabeth Lindsay trained as a drama teacher and worked for Theatre in Education, taking drama programmes into schools. She was also a puppeteer on the long-running children’s TV series Pipkins, playing Topov the Monkey and Octavia the Ostrich. She has written over thirty books including the the Magic Pony series, and various television scripts including episodes of The Hoobs and Heggerty Haggerty.
Visit www.elizabethlindsay.co.uk to find out more.
BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES
Flying her fastest, Lila glimpsed a flash of sky-blue wings from out of the corner of her eye. Bella had almost caught up with her.
“I must somersault!” Lila told herself. “One, two, three, now.” And over she went.
“Careful, Lila!” Bella cried. “You’re supposed to tap my shoulder with your wand, not dig me in the ribs.”
“Sorry,” said Lila. “I really didn’t mean to.”
Today, the Star Clan fairies were having an important training session in the Bugs and Butterflies ring. Every single one of them wanted to be picked to play in the Star Clan team. Bugs and Butterflies was the school game at Silverlake Fairy School and a trophy cup would be presented to the winning clan team at the end of the year.
However, there were many matches to be won or lost before the champions would be decided. The present trophy holders were the fairies of the Sun Clan. But the fairies in the other three clans – Star, Moon and Clouds, were eager to win the cup for themselves. Yet before any of this could happen, the Star Clan team had to be selected and Lila and Bella badly wanted to be chosen.
Bella, one of Lila’s two best friends in Charm One, her first year class, was already an expert at the game. She had played for the Star Clan last year and was hoping to keep her place in the team. The first clan matches of the new school year were in three days’ time, which was why they were practising so hard.
“I don’t think I’m ever going to get the timing right,” Lila despaired, checking she hadn’t bent the purple star at the tip of her wand.
“Yes, you are,” Bella told her firmly. She was teaching Lila a special defensive somersault. “You went over too soon. It’s an easy mistake to make when someone’s chasing you. Wait a fraction of a second longer. Try again.”
Magical stories of fairies, unicorns and enchantment are guaranteed to earn Stroud author Elizabeth Lindsay a whole new legion of fans. The books follow Lila and her fellow fairies as they progress through the school, with exquisite illustrations by Anna Currey.
The Gloucestshire Echo
Bugs and Butterflies transports young readers to the fluttering heart of a school where wands and wings bring magic and mischief. Beautifully illustrated and ideal for new readers, the enchanting Silverlake series is casting its own very special spell.
Lancashier Evening Post
“...this book has a mystery that enchanted me and was great...I like this book because it is easy to imagine that you are there in their world. I think this book is good for 6-9 year olds.”
Anorak - by an 8-year-old reviewer
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