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Cuckoo Song - Frances Hardinge

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Published: 1st May 2014
For Ages: 9+ years old
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The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak. 'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.'

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out.

Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late . . .

About the Author

Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, by this time a persistent friend had finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. This is Frances's sixth novel.

It's a compulsive read without naked demands for attention; the tension is, for the most part, in uneasiness and anxiety, in a nagging feeling that things aren't right. It's done incredibly well, to my mind. breathesbooks.wordpress.com This story is really clean, but outstandingly creepy, and I'm completely entranced by the world that Hardinge created... The writing- oh my goodness, the writing is superb. There are deeper themes than just that of a girl trying to find herself: the effects of war on a societal level as well as personal; the depths of cruelty people can be capable of in the name of vengeance; autonomy; forgiveness; love. I'm not eloquent enough to say how amazing I think this book is and I can't recommend it highly enough! NetGalley The most original mid-fantasy I have read in a long time... a little book bundle of literary magic. tessburton.wordpress.com Hardinge brings sophistication and literariness to children's fiction whilst never skimping on the entertainment and satisfaction quotient. dancingonglass11.blogspot.co.uk I love this book so much I tried to savour it like I do with sweets! thesweetreview.wordpress.com This melange of the historical and fantastical in Hardinge's gloriously rich metaphor-laden style is unlikely to be to every child's taste-but it's probably too good for them anyway. NetGalley This book is a work of art. Every sentence is an elegant, perfectly constructed gem thewhisperingofthepages.blogspot.co.uk A strange tale of fantastical beings, strange occurrences, buried secrets and ultimately, family relationships of all shapes and sizes under-mountain.blogspot.co.uk

ISBN: 9780330519731
ISBN-10: 0330519735
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st May 2014
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.46