“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.”
– Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song
Welcome! I’m Elizabeth Foster, author of Esme’s Wish, the first in an MG-to-YA fantasy series. Scroll down this page to learn more about the story and check out reader reviews under the ‘Esme’s Wish’ page above, or else on Goodreads here.
Look out for Esme’s Gift, the sequel to Esme’s Wish, which will be published in November this year!
For teachers and librarians:
Comprehensive teachers’ notes for Esme’s Wish, suitable for advanced Stage 3 and Stage 4 students in the NSW curriculum, are available here. Esme’s Wish has a Lexile rating of 790.
When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother – so why can’t she?
But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.
After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. Esme soon discovers that her mother, Ariane – a talented painter of myths and legends – once led a secret second life in the crumbling canal city of Esperance. The more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her mother at all…
Esme’s Wish, a fantasy with a mystery at its heart, leads the reader into a beguiling world to which they’ll want to return again and again.