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Children's Laureate 2001-2003

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The cover of 'Under a Silver Moon'

Will Prince Haroun find the key to good health?

In a hot, faraway land, two baby boys are born under the same silver moon: Haroun, the son of the sultan, and Akil, the son of the gardener.

As children they play together until one day Haroun has to learn princely ways. He is waited on hand and foot and all he can do for himself is eat, so every day he eats more and more and grows bigger and bigger. No doctors can offer a cure.

A small and oddly-hooded stranger arrives...But one day a hooded stranger tells Haroun that if he digs the garden he will find a key that will give him good health. After weeks of hard toil, Haroun doesn't find the key, but he does lose weight, and finds health and happiness once more.

Cover and internal illustrations by Lotte Klaver

Anne Fine says: "Under A Silver Moon is half a fairy tale and half the sort of story that you might find in The Arabian Nights.

"I wanted to write a simple and easy tale, set in a far, far land. Lotte Klaver has done the most wonderful and atmospheric illustrations throughout. And though the story is designed to appeal to any child reader, perhaps there'll be a special reassurance and encouragement in this story for any child who's let their eating habits get a little out of hand."

Julia Eccleshare included Under A Silver Moon in her round-up of recommended Easter reading in The Guardian, and called it "a gem of a story which is simle to read and very satisfying."

"A short, brilliant book - in fact, a true gem."


Under a Silver Moon is a book for younger children. It was published by Walker on 5th July 2010.

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