Sylvie and the Songman

Sylvie and the Songman


Sylvie Bartram lives alone with Mr Jackson the dog and her eccentric composer father who invents strange and wonderful musical instruments. One day she returns from school to find a message left in toothpaste on the bathroom mirror; her father has been kidnapped. Later that night, the house is visited by a terrifying apparition - a half-man/half-creature who is searching for something and will not rest until he has found it . . .

Sylvie uncovers an underground world of magic and evil, and with help from her friends, she must hold off a power that threatens the lives of all beings in the world. The Songman is at large, and is determined to steal music and use it for his own evil ends . . .

An exhilarating and magical story that will appeal to all readers aged 9-14.


  • Binding's magical story combines the thoughts of a confused young girl and those of the animals she encounters on her journey
    Daily Telegraph

About the authors

Tim Binding

Tim Binding is an ex-editor of Picador and Penguin, and has had four highly praised adult novels published. He lives in Kent.
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Angela Barrett (Illustrator)

Angela Barrett is one of the most highly acclaimed illustrators in the country. She studied at the Royal College of Art and has illustrated a number of picture books, including a retelling of Anne Frank that has been translated into 12 different languages. Angela has won the Smarties Book Prize and the WHSmith Illustration Award. She lives in central London.
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