Catherine Bakewell

Catherine Bakewell writes fairytales for anyone with big feelings. She currently lives in St. Louis, but she misses her time in Spain and in France, where she romped through gardens, ate pastries, and worked on her novels.

Find Catherine on her website, Instagram, and TikTok.


  • Standalone
    Catherine Bakewell
  • Middle Grade
    We Are The Song
    Catherine Bakewell



"An uplifting and meaningful tale bursting with floral imagery and cottagecore aesthetics."

Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review!

"A gentle love story and a fantasy that faces the dark voices of anxiety and depression with mettle."

Kirkus Reviews

"Peppered with moving moments of comfort, self-reflection and joy, Flowerheart is an intimate, charming read."


"An enchanting fantasy filled with lovely imagery and a sweet romance."

School Library Journal

"A comfort read with the super cute slow-burn childhood friends-to-lovers trope and an enchanting, whimsical setting."

USA Today

"Perfect for those readers who found Bakewell’s middle-grade fantasy WE ARE THE SONG spellbinding and want more in that vein."


"Flowerheart is like a garden in full bloom: vibrant and sweet, whimsical and wondrous. With warm, lovely prose and a charming cast, Bakewell’s YA debut is guaranteed to be fantasy fans’ new comfort read."

Allison Saft, New York Times-bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic

"Sparkly, charming, and swoony, Flowerheart is a warm cup of tea on a rainy afternoon. Bakewell's unique magical world, beautiful prose, and childhood friends-to-strangers-to-lovers romance cast an undeniable spell."

Sasha Peyton Smith, New York Times-bestselling author of The Witch Haven

"Wholesome, sweet, and warm—this book swept me into a magical, whimsical world with delightful characters and compelling stakes. Make a space for FLOWERHEART on your shelves."

Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling author

“A lovely tale full of magic and hope, Flowerheart tells a story of family, of love, and of finding the strength to be wholly ourselves. This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you turn the final page.”

Jessica S. Olson, author of A Forgery of Roses

"A beautiful flower garden of a book, Catherine Bakewell's YA debut is an ode to softness and inner strength. Readers will fall in love with Clara and her determination to protect those she loves."

Lyndall Clipstone, author of Lakesedge and Forestfall

"FLOWERHEART bursts with beauty, hope, and warmth. A rich, imaginative fantasy that I savored like wandering through a lush garden I never wanted to leave."

Emily Bain Murphy, author of Splinters of Scarlet

"A gorgeous debut—as fresh and beautiful as the flowers its protagonist grows with her magic."

Cyla Panin, author of Stalking Shadows and Beguiled

Middle Grade

We Are The Song
"Bakewell’s beguiling debut—brimming with high-stakes adventure, expansive worldbuilding, and a uniquely detailed magical system—steadily crescendos to a gratifying conclusion."

Publishers Weekly

"An exploration of devotion and finding one’s voice."

Kirkus Reviews

"This fast-paced fantasy is full of action and intrigue, taking place in a war-torn world that still holds much beauty and magic. Readers will come to love Elissa, who struggles with doubts as she faces heartbreak, tragedy, and loneliness and tries to fight for what is right. An excellent addition to middle-grade fantasy collections."


"Bakewell crafts a spellbinding narrative."

The Horn Book

"An alluring f­antasy exploring the influence of music, the ­importance of listening to one’s own voice, and knowing who your friends are."

School Library Journal

"Elissa’s desire to follow her divinely inspired abilities and overcome the barriers to her musical ambitions echo women’s historical experiences in classical music. . . . And constellations of race, sexuality, and gender expression lend richness to an already unique world."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fantasy fans will queue up for this delightful novel with its strong female characters and carefully drawn fantasy world. . . . Fast packed action will keep readers totally engaged. This captivating novel promises a good future for this first-time author."

School Library Connection

Awards & Accolades


Middle Grade

We Are The Song

An Amazon #1 Children's Music Book at Release