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Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Book 1)  by Jessica Townsendundefined

“Morrigan's night held only one possibility. Like every other child born precisely eleven years ago on the last Eventide, when the clock struck midnight she would die-the eleven short years of her doomed life complete; her curse finally fulfilled.”


As Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society.


GENRE: Fantasy


  • Honesty
  • Bravery
  • Friendship
  • Politics and bureaucracy 
  • Border control
  • Individual talents

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Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She is fascinated with public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats.

Questions for your circle

  • The Wundrous Society was compared to a family, a unit - people who would have your back until the day you die (p 134-5). Discuss Morrigan's feelings about this and relate them to your own attachment to family or your school community.
  •  Morrigan is  doubtful that anyone could like her, and constantly expects friends to reject her (p 181). Is such insecurity about making friends a normal part of growing up?
  •  This novelist enjoys satirising bureaucracy, discuss how bureaucracy is portrayed in this novel. (Examples pages 12, 16, 23)
  •  The novel also takes aim at government policies on border control  - what does the novel suggest about government intervention in the lives of those fleeing danger or persecution? (pages 75, 162, 175)
  •  What makes each of us unique? The Show Trial is an over-the-top exploration of that very question - unlike these talented people, most of us have to be satisfied with our ordinary lives and finding what small talents we can. Does everyone have some hidden talent?

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