There's a dragon downstairs at Sophie's house. She knows he is there. She can hear him rattling and snuffling - slinking through the rooms. She is scared, and hides beneath the bedclothes. But when he comes again, Sophie grows bolder... she picks up her sword and shield. She will go downstairs and fight that dragon. This is a book about childhood imaginings. Sophie grows braver through the story and the dragon of course is no longer there.
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Hilary McKay won The Guardian Children's Fiction Award for her first novel, The Exiles and its sequel, The Exiles At Home, was the winner of the prestigious Smarties Book Prize. Her success has continued with Saffy's Angel, which won the Children's Whitbread Prize and was selected for the inaugural Booked Up list. Most recently, the acclaimed Binny for ShortMore about Hilary McKay
Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's Award with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved similar recognition - The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize and Saffy's Angel won the Whitbread. A graduate of Botany and Zoology from St Andrews University, Hilary now writes full-time. She lives in Derbyshire with her husband and two childrMore about Amanda Harvey