When her father gets his dream job as librarian at Temple College, Livy finds herself struggling to fit in. Still lost in the grief of her best friend's death, the prestigious school and its elite students are completely alien to her. Drawn to the roof of the college and the mysterious Sentinels (huge statues) lining it, Livy becomes obsessed with a strange desire to fly.
Mystery surrounds events in the past of the college and Livy becomes sucked into the secrets and lives of others as she comes to terms with her grief.
Original and beautifully written, 'The White Tower' is about feelings of loss and self discovery. The story opens with Livy trying to fulfil her promise to her best friend, Mahalia. Her sense of loss and lonliness is vividly portrayed and only the hardest heart could fail to feel for her. As her story develops, she is shown to be vulnerable, yet resourceful, loyal and brave.
Catheryn Constable skillfully brings Livy's world to life, describing Temple College with an eye for detail and a richness of language which is so appealing. The old-fashioned institution, the sense of mystery and magic, the atmosphere of anticipation all combine perfectly to make this a charming read.
The White Tower by Catherine Constable
Chicken House ISBN: 978-1909489103