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

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Over her head draped a canopy of gold-dipped toe bones in great, gilded wreaths, and teeth were set like stars in the chinks in the walls.

A moon-white skull still warm from last night’s fire was cupped over her feet, for here the nights were clear and cool. Autorka przy pomocy kościanego kluczyka otwiera przed nami wrota zawiłości fabuły, otoczonej tajemnicą i przepełnionej klimatem baśni jakie znamy z dzieciństwa. Siła, jaka tkwi w rodzeństwie to jest moc, z jaką nikt nie ma szans oraz z jaką nikt nie powinien zadzierać.Kiran Millwood-Hargrave's writing is always exquisite, and this is no exception, with beautiful descriptions of an Italian city bathed in sunlight and atmosphere. I would love to come back to this family a little way in the future and see how things are working out for them.

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? Kiran Millwood Hargrave takes us on an adventure through historic Siena alongside siblings Sofia and Ermin, who only wish to be reunited with their mother after the city guards stole her away. The writing style and descriptions were fantastic and this definitely kept you wanting to turn the pages throughout.

In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia’s mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones. I gave this to my 13 granddaughter who spends too much time looking at screens, she was (in the words of her mum) hooked and couldn’t put it down. Ripping propulsive plot, gorgeous imagery, floating fairytale prose, the gradual unlocking of a mystery as delicate and meticulous as a vertebrae padlock. Together they cross the city underground, following clues in bones up to the towers of Siena, where – circled by magpies – the children find the terrible truth . love puzzles, secret passageways, pet crows and the very worst of villains, then do pick this one up.

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