The Secret of the Blue Glass

The Secret of the Blue Glass

By Tomiko Inui

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A magical miniature family's adventures in wartime Japan

In a dusty library, in the quietest corner of a house in a Tokyo suburb, live the Little People: Fern and Balbo, Robin and Iris. Just a few inches high, sleeping in cigarette boxes and crafting shoes from old book jackets, they need only one thing from their Humans - a nightly glass of milk, served in a sparkling Blue Glass goblet, by a trusted young member of the Human family. But when the Second World War comes to Japan, bringing a dangerous new kind of patriotism, both Humans and their beloved Little People face a world they could never before have imagined. It will take great love, bravery, and a rather loyal pigeon, to bring their unique families back together once more...


Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
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192 pp
Published 30 July 2015
ISBN 9781782690344
Pushkin Children's Flapped Paperback