Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Featherlight by Peter Bunzl

April 2021

Featherlight is a beautifully magical adventure from the wonderful Peter Bunzl and the amazing Barrington Stoke.

Deryn’s father is the lighthouse keeper on Featherstone Island. When he and her mother have to go to the mainland, Deryn is left alone to keep watch. As the only people who live on the island, it is a huge responsibility. When the lamp runs out of oil in a storm, it turns into a matter of life and death. Deryn must draw on all of her courage and might to undertake a rescue. Aided by her grandmother and a very special creature from folklore, this is a gorgeous story of strength, determination and believing in yourself.

Featherlight gives fascinating glimpses of life inside a lighthouse and the challenges faced by those who kept watch. I love how the story was inspired by incredibly brave female lighthouse keepers from history. We love to visit the Northumberland coast and my daughter has been captivated by the story of Grace Darling and her incredible courage. This is definitely the story for her!

Barrington Stoke has weaved its magic again by making a fascinating story accessible for all readers. With a reading age of 8+, the dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint means the text is clear and enhances the enjoyment of this charming story of hope and faith.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this magical book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Waterstones.

4 thoughts on “Featherlight by Peter Bunzl”

  1. Oooh, I definitely want to read this! My uncle was a lighthouse keeper though, sadly, by the time I knew him he was based in a boring landslide building rather than a traditional tower.
    Barrington Stoke really are so wonderful, aren’t they, Kate?


  2. Oh, I must read this, Kate!
    I love Peter Bunzl’s work anyway and he’s popular at school.
    But I had an uncle who was a lighthouse keeper, although sadly by the time I briefly knew him he was based in a boring shoreline building, not a traditional tower!
    And Barrington Stoke are wonderful, aren’t they?!


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