The Afterwards

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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6.1 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

A. F. Harrold is the author of The Imaginary and The Song from Somewhere Else, as well as an English poet who writes and performs for adults and children. He is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, and one beard. He spends his spare time showing off on stage, at schools, and at home, and his non-spare time sitting around stroking his beard and writing things down. He lives in Reading, England, with a stand-up comedian and two cats.

Emily Gravett is the illustrator of The Imaginary, as well as the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including Wolves, winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration, and Orange Pear Apple Bear, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Emily lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, daughter, and two rats.

"Gravett's full-color illustrations perfectly channel Harrold's narrative . . . Gripping and poignant, a look at what it means to be brave and alive in the face of loss." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A curious, immersive narrative . . . Ember's vibrant personality imbues the book with unfaltering warmth." --Booklist, starred review

"Aided by Gravett's evocative art, Harrold brings this eerie . . . tale about accepting change, letting go, and love's indissoluble bonds to an affecting finale that is very much grounded in real life." --Publishers Weekly

"Harrold brings a delectable combination of coziness, sympathy, and menace to this story . . . and Gravett's soft and friendly watercolor and pencil art . . . further ground the adventure, making this an accessible story of controlled shivers and heartfelt compassion." --BCCB

"Readers of Neil Gaiman or Roald Dahl may find this title particularly appealing . . . Recommended." --School Library Connection

Readers of the author/illustrator pair's The Imaginary will find familiar their ability to invent imaginatively creepy magic and use it to explore real-life emotions. - Horn Book Magazine

"Wonderfully entertaining." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on THE IMAGINARY

"A great choice for readers who like fantastic tales with a dose of true scariness." --School Library Journal, starred review, on THE IMAGINARY

"Affecting and lovely." --The New York Times Book Review on THE IMAGINARY

"[A] winningly whimsical celebration of the imagination, beautifully enhanced by both black-and-white and full-color illustrations." --Booklist on THE IMAGINARY

"Masterfully paced and stunningly crafted." --Shelf Awareness, starred review, on THE SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE

"Strong characterizations and a good dose of spookiness are standouts." --School Library Journal, starred review, on THE SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE

"Captivating." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on THE SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE

"Incisive [and] poetic." --The Horn Book Magazine, starred review, on THE SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE