The Little Match Girl Strikes Back

Suggested age 7 +


Author: Emma Carroll
Illustrator: Lauren Child
ISBN: 9781398512818
Date Published: Sep 15, 2022

It only takes one strike: A powerful feminist reworking of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, from bestselling and award-winning creators Emma Carroll and Lauren Child.

Bridie works hard to feed her family, selling matches on the streets of Victorian London. After an incident leaves her with only three matches left, the magical strike of each one sees her tumble into visions of a brighter future. Realizing she has the power to change her own fortune, Bridie leads the match factory workers out on strike, achieving the remarkable through their unity and courage.

A defiant and empowering retelling of the classic you thought you knew, based on real-life events, this stunning collaboration brought to life in glorious spot colour introduces a bold new heroine for future generations to treasure.

‘A defiant, elegantly illustrated story’ Sunday Times Culture

‘A brilliant story of collective power that champions community and kindness’ Abi Elphinstone

‘A powerful strike right to the heart, burning with courage, that should light a beacon of hope for young readers’ Piers Torday

‘A timely read that might prompt discussion’ Observer

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Dimensions14.5 × 2.8 × 19.8 cm

Simon & Schuster Children's


Age 5 – 7, Age 7 – 9, Age 9 – 12


“Bridie is a feminist icon, with a story that is all too relevant. There is so much power in these beautiful pages”
Katya Balen, winner of the Carnegie Medal
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