Once there was a girl named Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain, and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.
Everyone, especially children, need a little magic and adventure in their lives. Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a spellbinding tale of friendship, music, and magic featuring a diverse cast, brought to life through stunning illustrations. Harper is a problem solver that is on the case of rescuing pets that go missing in her City of Clouds. With nothing more than her magic umbrella and a few brave friends who want to help, the follow the clues to find the trail of cats and find lots of adventure on the way!
Harper lives in the City of Clouds, an enchanting place where it rains every day and an umbrella is always a good idea. With her Aunt Sassy, her beloved cat, Midnight, and all of her neighbors in the Tall Apartment Block, every day is full of possibilities. But when every cat in the city goes missing—including Midnight—Harper is determined to find all of the precious pets. And she’ll need a magic, flying umbrella to help in her search. Recruiting friends from her building to help, the magic umbrella whisks them into the sky on the trail of the cats and adventure. They stumble on the Midnight Orchestra—tabbies on triangle, Siamese singing, Persians on piccolo—all under the direction of its fearsome, wild conductor. But can the group use their talents, quick thinking, musical skill, and a little magic to stage a rescue like no other? It’s a perfect book to be shared and treasured.
About Sky Pony Press: Sky Pony Press, with Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Their list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title they publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, they are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
About the Author: Claire “Cerrie” Burnell (born 30 August 1979) in Petts Wood, London, is an English actress, singer, playwright, Children’s author and television presenter for the BBC children’s channel CBeebies. Her mother is a dance teacher, and her father a telecoms manager. She has one younger brother. She was originally named “Claire” but started asking people to call her “Cerrie” at the age of ten. Burnell was born with her right arm ending slightly below the elbow. Her parents encouraged her to wear a prosthetic arm, but she resisted from the start, and stopped wearing one entirely when she was nine. She says her disability did not hinder her from doing what she wanted, including “sports, swimming, windsurfing, singing in the choir or joining the Army cadets. Burnell also suffers from dyslexia, which left her unable to read until the age of ten. She learned with extra tutoring and the Letterland system. As a teenager, she worked as a hotel chambermaid during summers, and travelled widely, working in a leprosy clinic in India, and volunteering in Brazil. Burnell has a daughter, Amelie, born in 2008.