A Secret of Birds & Bone: the new children's book from Times-bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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A Secret of Birds & Bone: the new children's book from Times-bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A Secret of Birds & Bone: the new children's book from Times-bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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There's one evil person behind it and I was shocked at the reveal, but what a fantastic reveal it was. Sofia, dziewczyna z kościanego domu" to dziecięco-młodzieżowa przygodówka z fajnym pomysłem na świat, wartką akcją, zagadką oraz motywem pogoni i ucieczki. Jeśli Ty, lub jakiś młodszy czytelnik z twojego otoczenia uwielbiacie łamigłówki, sekretne przejścia, domowe wrony i najgorszych złoczyńców, to myślę że spokojnie możesz postawić na tę pozycję.

I wish I could see what happened next and spend a bit more time with these characters and this world, but alas, this was a perfect standalone. I loved seeing her taking the high road when presented with a difficult choice, and the choices she makes. When mamma is arrested both children are sent to orphanage where Sofia finds a strength she didn’t know she had and meets a young boy who lives in the tunnels under the city. If you think pet crows, bone houses, underground tunnels, scary orphanages, clever children, brave girls and beautiful writing sound like a good time (and honestly, how could they not? Their relationship is heartwarming, and Sofia (whose perspective we experience the story from) is relatable and authentic.I love that the children are the main characters and heroes in this book, and that the adults are the villains. Autorka pisze w taki sposób, że już od pierwszej strony nie jesteś w stanie zapanować nad czytaniem i pochłaniasz rozdziały jak karabin maszynowy. When their mother goes missing on Sofia’s twelfth birthday, the children are put into an orphanage owned by the duchessa and run by nuns. It is filled with beautiful messages and hope that the next generation will do much better than the one that came before it. Her debut YA novel The Deathless Girls was published in 2019, and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize, and long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

I have a huge soft spot for Ghino too, a boy they end up meeting who ends up helping them on their journey.

I was almost at the end before I knew it and never felt like anything was missing from the adventures. I was not expecting the level of creepiness behind it as children seem to vanish completely from the orphanage, building a mystery I wasn't anticipating going into this novel, but the pay-off is so great. She has crafted the entire house they live in (side note, I will also take one of these houses, thank you), and is working on a series of boxes for the Duchessa, and she is due to deliver the last of these on Sofia’s birthday. Autorka przy pomocy kościanego kluczyka otwiera przed nami wrota zawiłości fabuły, otoczonej tajemnicą i przepełnionej klimatem baśni jakie znamy z dzieciństwa. Kobieta rzeźbi w kościach, co brzmi dość masakrycznie, ale w rzeczywistości jest sztuką jak każda inna.

Poważniejsze tematy są tutaj przedstawione w sposób bardzo przystępny, a po samą książkę mogą sięgać także starsi czytelnicy. This one touched me deeply as a mother and a daughter who's lost a mother, the depths we would go to for those relationships beyond what's right, and into the darkest tunnels.Przez tą historię po prostu płynęłam i z każdym rozdziałem byłam coraz bardziej zaintrygowana losami bohaterki.

I had previously read the girl of ink and stars and the island at the end of everything, so I opened it expecting it not to be able to beat them. A darkly beautiful historical novel featuring Kiran’s trademark magical realism and an enthralling mystery, and the fourth children’s novel by Times number one bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. If you’ve not read any of Kiran Millwood Hargrave books before this is a good introduction to her writing but you really won’t be disappointed by any of her books. Many of the other characters were intriguing, but this is where I felt that the length of the story fell short: they felt somewhat underdeveloped, and if the book had been longer their motives could have been made much clearer. This one follows siblings Sofia and Ermin in a historical Siena, where the Smallpox has taken the lives of so many in their town.The Mercies debuted at number one of the The Times bestseller list, is a Sunday Time bestseller, and was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. Sofia’s mother is an ossuarist: a bone binder, making charms and sacred boxes to house them from bone and gold.



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