As Dorothy trails home behind her mother after a long morning's shopping, she is told to stop dawdling. Dorothy's imagination goes into overdrive and the figure in front of her becomes in turn a witch, a snow queen, an ogre, a space alien and a grumpy old bear.
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