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Vashti Hardy lives near Brighton, East Sussex with her husband and three teens.  She was a primary school teacher for many years with special interest in children’s writing, and currently balances a career in copywriting and digital marketing with her own novel writing for children and school visits.


Vashti's debut middle grade adventure, Brightstorm  was the Independent Booksellers Book of the Season, Primary School Book Club Read, and is shortlisted for the Books are My Bag Readers Awards, the Awesome Book Awards and the YBB Book Awards.


For more information visit or follow Vashti on Twitter @VashtiHardy1


“unputdownable adventure with characters that are vivid and most refreshing in their portrayal of gender roles...A real edge-of-your-seat romp” – Booktrust

“a terrific adventure that is resplendent with sapient creatures, thought wolves, and a vindictive villain.  Young readers who aren’t yet ready for Philip Pulllman’s His Dark Materials will enjoy this”  - M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy

Arthur and Maudie are devastated by the news that their father, a daring explorer, has died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris.  But a mysterious clue leads the twins to question the story they’ve been told.

To find the truth, they must undertake the journey of a lifetime...

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Brightstorm, Scholastic Children's Books, 2018