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The Glow
The Glow

The Glow

By Sofie Laguna, Illustrated by Marc McBride


192 Pages, 5.04 x 7.8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: June 2024

ISBN 9781761066825

Rights: US & CA

Allen & Unwin (Jun 2024)
A & U Children


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Megan and her best friend Li must team up and draw on all their creativity and courage to defeat a strange monster that threatens their town.

Megan kept drawing. The drawing seemed to have a mind of its own. She felt herself begin to panic. She wanted to stop. But her hand didn’t stop. Please, could she stop. Stop!

Megan is obsessed with drawing fantastical creatures and she shares them with her best friend Li who writes stories to go with the pictures. They are kindred spirits with big creative dreams.

One day everyone in town - except Megan and Li - is immobilized by a strange glow coming from their phones. Megan and Li are initially frightened and alarmed, but when they realize they are somehow immune, they set out to seek help.

Soon a battle unfolds, a thrilling battle that pits all of their creative energies against the terrible monster that has ensnared everyone else around them.

A wonderfully spooky novel from one of Australia's finest writers, and beautifully illustrated by Marc McBride.

'McBride's illustrations take centre stage in this story, no doubt captivating those who love to draw and even those who don't. Not one for those who scare easily, The Glow keeps the reader guessing the resolution of the all-encompassing and menacing glow until the very end ... this new middle-grade novel is imagination at its best.' Books & Publishing


"Award-winning author Laguna adds another page-turner for middle-grade-level readers.This creepy fantasy includes illustrations by Laguna’s husband, McBride, who adds plenty of detail to bring the story to life. Fans of Stranger Things and The Last of Us will be excited to pick up this novella-length read
and get a bit frightened. A good reminder that our imaginations possess power." —Booklist

Author Biography

SOFIE LAGUNA's many books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Award, and twice been awarded Honour Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA). She is also a highly acclaimed author for adults. Sofie lives in Melbourne with her husband, Marc McBride, and their two young sons.

MARC McBRIDE is the illustrator of Emily Rodda's New York Times bestselling Deltora Quest series, which has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has become an anime TV show. He has illustrated more than 200 book covers and 10 picture books, including writing and illustrating World of Monsters. Marc has exhibited with the New York Society of Illustrators, been shortlisted for the CBCA Awards and Aurealis Awards, and has won the Aurealis Awards twice.