By Tooke, Hana
Ema Vaskova is the twelfth child in her family, born on the twelfth day, of the twelfth month, at the very moment Prague's Astronomical Clock strikes twelve. Right from the start, it is clear that Ema is not quite . . . normal. But when her behaviour gets altogether too odd, Ema'...s parents decide enough is enough, and she is packed off to live with her eccentric bicycle-making Uncle Josef. It is here that Ema meets her very first friend. Seffi is a girl who befriends colonies of bats, trawls treasures from the river, cartwheels down the Hunger Wall, and has but one firm rule: adventures are best served with a drizzle of moonlight and a sprinkling of stars, at midnight. So when Seffi goes missing, Ema is determined to find her. Even if that means facing her fear of ghosts, wearing an ancient eyeball around her neck, and infiltrating an alluringly peculiar secret society known as The Midnight Guild . . .Read more
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Half Dutch, half English, Hana Tooke grew up near Amsterdam and moved to England at the age of twelve. After completing a degree in music, and then a PGCE, Hana was a primary school teacher for several years. She lives in Bath with two humans and a cat.
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