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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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Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s dark and delightful new fantasy story for 9-12 year olds is full of beautiful detail and perfect for children with a taste for the gothic. 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. 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. A moon-white skull still warm from last night’s fire was cupped over her feet, for here the nights were clear and cool.

Opisów książki jest pełno w internecie, więc polecam zajrzeć, a tym którzy nie czytają tego zapewniam, że nie zmarnujecie czasu poświęconego na tę książkę. I love that the children are the main characters and heroes in this book, and that the adults are the villains. I would love to come back to this family a little way in the future and see how things are working out for them.A darkly beautiful historical novel featuring Kiran’s trademark magical realism and an enthralling mystery.

The worldbuilding and characters are vivid, and I never struggle to feel like I’m walking alongside the characters. Mamy tutaj chciwość ludzką, która chce zaspokoić własne pragnienia niezależnie od kosztu, mamy temat ospy prawdziwej i epidemii, a także wiele innych mniej lub bardziej istotnych. Not only the most sought-after bone crafter in Italy, Sofia thinks that her mother’s gift for binding magic to her bone creations might make her the best in the world. Their relationship is heartwarming, and Sofia (whose perspective we experience the story from) is relatable and authentic. Niespodziewanie dostaje pilne zlecenie od tajemniczej postaci, której Sofia nie zna, i choć doskonale wie, że jej mama nie chce się go podjąć, to ku jej zdumieniu robi to.She is also an ossuarist (someone who makes things with bone), and her particular brand of this bone craft involves invoking something of the spirit of the person whose bone she crafts, so it can bring comfort to those left behind.

I loved seeing her taking the high road when presented with a difficult choice, and the choices she makes. 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 . Poważniejsze tematy są tutaj przedstawione w sposób bardzo przystępny, a po samą książkę mogą sięgać także starsi czytelnicy. Sofia and Ermin are great protagonists to follow too and it's apparent the lengths they would go to for each other. Można ją czytać naprawdę niezależnie od wieku, bo młodszy czytelnik dostrzeże głównie przygody małej, dzielnej dziewczynki, a już troszkę starszy nastolatek wyciągnie z lektury zdecydowanie więcej.

Jak znasz jakąś książkę autorki to wiesz, że potrafi stworzyć nieziemski klimat, a postacie są tak wykreowane, że oczami wyobraźni jesteś w stanie widzieć je oraz poczuć wszystko to, co otacza danego bohatera jak zimno, zapach lawendy, czy zapach kościanego domu. Bardzo wartościowa ksiazka, właśnie takie chciałabym widzieć na półce w biblioteczce moich dzieci, a także w swojej.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Kiran Millwood Hargrave has established a reputation for creating imaginative novels for a KS2 audience – or younger teens. I thought it'd be a bit more spooky, but that's my own fault because I just saw 'bone' and assumed it'd be a bit spooky, but it's mostly about family, love and friendship, which it always lovely to read about in a middle-grade! The story is engaging and it’s easy to read through this book in one sitting without realising the time passed.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? Plenty of action and peril for impatient readers, and lovely description for those of an imaginative nature. In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia's mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Pełna nieoczekiwanych zwrotów akcji, a urok odkrywania magicznych sekretów, naprawdę mnie oczarował.

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