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A magical middle-grade debut by Natasha Hastings has arrived with sparkling festive illustrations by Alex. 

The Miraculous Sweetmakers - The Frost Fair, published by Harper Collins is a captivating, curl-up-on-the-sofa adventure about a magical frost fair.

A renowned Christmas fanatic Alex T. Smith was of course the natural choice of illustrator for this book, with chapter details and spot illustrations throughout to add a true sprinkling of magic.

It’s a cold winter during the Great Frost of 1683. Thomasina and Anne are the best of friends, one running her father’s sweet shop and the other the apprentice at the family apothecary - together they sell their goods on the frozen River Thames. When a family tragedy turns Thomasina’s world upside down, she is drawn to a mysterious conjuror and the enchanted frost fair. But soon the world of Father Winter threatens to claim everything she holds dear. Will they be able to solve the magical mysteries that surround them….?

This is a fast-paced children’s fantasy adventure with brilliantly spooky and haunting illustrations by Alex, a perfect wintry tale about the lasting power of friendship.

Alex T. Smith is represented by Arena Illustration.

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