The Sparkle

Original title: Säihky

Published: 2017

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Middle-Grade

Pages: 153

Young Capricia of Wild Castle decides to harness her magical powers, one way or another!

Miss Labina, the greatest sorceress of all time, has left her precious notebook, The Sparkle, to Wild Castle’s old mistress, Crickback, in her will. This is the book Capricia wants to get her hands on!

Warnings go unheeded when Capricia sees an opportunity to become a sorceress herself. At the same time, the mysterious Acabus Hide arrives in town. But why on Earth would a sophisticated gentleman want to settle in the most run-down shack on Nefarious Square? The mystery leads Capricia and her friends Gordon and Myrick to the deepest, darkest secrets of the town, where they will find out whose magic is the strongest in a sticky situation…

“Sigrid Labina was of the opinion, that magic is to be used for good things. But on the other hand, it has been used for bad things too. A teacher can teach, but in the end everyone shall make their own decisions.”

The Sparkle is a follow-up to Wild Castle, written by Katja Krekelä and illustrated by Riikka Jäntti, which was awarded the Tampere City Literary Award 2015, and nominated for the LukuVarkaus award.

Katja Krekelä

Katja Krekelä is a Tampere-based author known for her lyrical and imaginative stories mixing adventure and fairy tale. Her debut novel Romisko (2011) has been translated into Danish and Swedish. Wild Castle (Tammi 2015), her middle-grade fantasy adventure, explores a simultaneously creepy and delightful world in which nothing is as it seems.


Katja Krekelä

Wild Castle

2015, Middle-Grade