The White Phoenix
The White Phoenix is a children’s historical novel set in a London bookshop in 1666, the year the Great Fire of London devastated the city. After the sudden death of her father, 13-year-old Lizzie Hopper and her mother take over The White Phoenix – the family bookshop in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. But women aren’t supposed to run businesses, England is at war with France and everywhere there are whispers of impending catastrophe. As rumours of invasion and plague spread, Lizzie battles prejudice, blackmail and mob violence to protect the bookshop she loves. When the Great Fire of London breaks out, Lizzie must rescue more than just the bookshop. Can she save the friend she wasn’t supposed to have?
Available from your local independent bookshop, Waterstones, and online retailers.
The White Phoenix has a strong cast of characters, from our headstrong protagonist, to the villain of the story, they all come to life and pull us into their tale. I read this fast-paced adventure in one sitting, I just couldn’t put the book down. …I will definitely be adding a copy of The White Phoenix to our school library and encouraging our children to meet Lizzie Hopper and read her story.
I’m excited to see what Catherine Randall writes next!'