Jessica Townsend: Hollowpox – The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Orion Children’s Books in Hachette Children’s Group 2020)
Australian author Jessica Townsend grew up in Queensland and published her first story when she was 7 years old. She later worked as a copywriter and magazine editor before becoming a full-time writer. She moved to London at the age of 22 and has lived alternately between London and Queensland for the last 10 years. Her first book, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, brought her worldwide fame. The first volume of the series was presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, then won several prestigious awards and several translations were published.
Morrigan Crow is a cursed child, so she is blamed for all bad things and accidents until the age of 11, when she must die. But before her destiny is fulfilled, a mysterious stranger rescues and smuggles her to Nevermoor, a wonderful city. In order for Morrigan to stay, she must pass trials to be accepted into the Wundrous Society. Thus begins Morrigan’s great adventure.
The third volume of the series was published in 2020, and in this book Nevermoor is attacked by a new, terrible disease. Can they stop it? Meanwhile, Morrigan can finally develop her skills…
Unlike the previous story, where we got to know Morrigan’s friends, we now focus on her again, as she spends a lot of time alone and away from others due to her studies. The atmosphere of the book is more somber than the previous ones and the story suggests that there are still many very exciting adventures waiting for the characters and the readers. The author plans nine books in the series, and the fourth volume will be published in English this October.