Author(s): Kevin Crossley-Holland
An orphan with no voice but an extraordinary musical gift. A man of music who discovers her gift. Abandoned at the orphanage in Venice as a baby, Laura is mute. Her life is transformed when the composer Vivaldi unlocks her passion for music. The seasons turn, dark turns to light and miracles happen. Carnegie award-winning author, Kevin Crossley-Holland makes every word a masterstroke. This short novel is exquisitely illustrated by acclaimed artist, Jane Ray. Her work is inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the real girls and boys who lived and laughed and worked in the Venetian Orphanage. Heartsong is spell-binding tale about the healing power of music set against the mystery and beauty of Venice.
Kevin Crossley-Holland is a poet and prize-winning author. Storm was awarded the Carnegie Medal and The Seeing Stone, the first part of his Arthur trilogy, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award as well as being translated into 25 languages. He is president of The School Library Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. After seven years teaching in Minnesota, Kevin now lives on the north Norfolk Coast with his wife. Jane Ray is one of the most talented and distinctive illustrators in the children's book world and regularly exhibits her work at various galleries. Her many awards include shortlists for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Mother Goose Award and the Nestle Gold Award. She has created numerous books for Orchard, most recently the Twelve Days of Christmas and The Nutcracker. Her work gains critical acclaim both in the UK and internationally. Jane lives in London with her family.