SHORTLISTED: The Switching Hour - by Damaris Young

SHORTLISTED: The Switching Hour - by Damaris Young

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The The Switching Hour - by Damaris Young

Shortlisted for the Awesome Book Awards 2021

'Highly atmospheric and genuinely spine-tingling, the power of family and female friendships shine in this assured debut.'The Bookseller


A bewitchingly beautiful, spine-chilling story of courage, friendship and fears that come alive after dark... Never stay out after the Switching Hour... Never let the outside in...

Amaya lives with her grandmother, her small brother Kalen and her pet goat Tau in a land suffering a terrible drought. Every night, the doors must be locked at twilight, the Switching Hour, because the drought has awoken Badoko, a creature that snatches children away to eat their dreams.

Three days later, the memory that they existed is gone from those that knew them, and those that are left afflicted with The Sorrow Sickness — a grief which consumers a person without them knowing why. When Kaleb is taken by Badoko, Amaya must journey into the terrifying forest to find her brother before she forgets him.

Awesome Book Awards 2021 Fiction Mid-Grade Paperback