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A breathtaking adventure and powerful call for freedom
London, 1880. Thirteen-year-old Clay is a mudlark, one of the countless boys who survive by scavenging along the banks of the Thames. One day, while trying to sell a set of Tarot cards, Clay stumbles upon Smith & Sparrow’s Extraordinary Circus, whose menagerie boasts “the last surviving wolf in the United Kingdom”. Indeed, wolves have been extinct for over three centuries, so Clay can hardly believe his eyes when he meets up with the silvercoated, amber-eyed creature. Mist – that’s the name the boy gives him – is a wild, fierce and indomitable beast. Clay will do everything in his power to free him from captivity.
Marta Palazzesi is children’s books writer, translator and consultant for film production companies. She is part of the Superhero Formation Center, a non-profit association that holds creative writing workshops for kids. She lives in Milan with her husband, their child Leonardo and two lovely giant Labradors, Samba and Tango. The novel Mist stems from her great passions: animals and history.