Jacqueline Wilson is writing a new Magic Faraway Tree adventure, the first to be published in 75 years.
Hachette Children’s Group will publish this exclusive new story, the first in the collection by an author other than Enid Blyton who wrote the original series.
It is due for publication on 26th May 2022 in hardback, and will be illustrated by Mark Beech. There will also be an e-book and audio editions.
The publisher said: “The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure revisits the original magical world inhabited by Moonface and Silky, while introducing three new children and some fabulous new lands, all guaranteed to appeal to Jacqueline Wilson and Enid Blyton fans the world over.”
The publisher continues: “Milo, Mia and Birdy are on a countryside holiday when they are astonished to discover an Enchanted Wood. Exploring there they meet remarkable creatures, including a man with a head like the moon and a fairy with long, silky hair, who live in the tallest tree in the wood. Little Birdy is thrilled to find that fairies are real. Even her older brother and sister are soon won over by the magic of the Faraway Tree and the extraordinary places they discover above it, including the Land of Unicorns and the Land of Dragons.”
Wilson, well known for her Tracy Beaker books, said: “I had such fun writing a brand-new Faraway Tree book. I read the three original Enid Blyton books many times as a child, marvelled at all the adventures and wished I could be Silky’s best friend and share Moonface’s toffee shocks. It’s a privilege to be able to write about Enid Blyton’s iconic characters and invent new children and magical creatures of my own for new readers to enjoy.”
Antscherl added: “The Magic Faraway Tree stories are full of wish-fulfilment, wonder and delight and have been entertaining children for generations. I knew that Jacqueline Wilson was a huge fan of these books in her early childhood, and with the 80th anniversary of the series coming in 2023 I realised this would be the ideal way to celebrate it. Jacqueline’s outstanding ability to capture authentic, relatable characters, in a story that has all the excitement, fun and charm of the original books, allows readers to revel in the magic of the Faraway Tree, whether or not they are already fans of Blyton’s stories.”