Review of Catherine Randall’s ‘The White Phoenix’
It’s 1666 and the streets of London are plagued by prejudice and pestilence. For Lizzie Hopper, 13, the White Phoenix has always been home. Returning from the country following her father's unexpected death, she is set on saving her beloved bookshop.
However, faced with foretellings and blackmail against a backdrop of religious tension, will she succeed? Can she salvage her dreams? Or will they burn like the flames of a certain Great Fire of London?
Through a formidable heroine and whimsical hero, Catherine Randall (known to us as Cathy) creates a heart-warming tale filled with family and forbidden friendship. By vivid descriptions and rich historical detail, she brings to life 17th-century London.
Perfect for 8-13 year olds, The White Phoenix is a gripping, engaging read with the reader rooting for Lizzie as she strives to overcome the expectations of a female of her time. Cathy is a longstanding member of the congregation, so it was particularly wonderful to read the result of her hard work and dedication. We are all immensely proud of her, and it’s a special feeling to say we have a published author in our midst! Congratulations Cathy!
Eliza Williams, aged 13