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Author: Millwood Hargrave, Kiran

Published 01/04/2021 by Chicken House Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 272 pages


A spellbinding story from the Sunday Times-bestselling

author of The Girl of Ink & Stars, winner of the Waterstones

Children's Book Prize.

'A story bursting with imagination, sparkle and tender heart

... I adored it!' JASBINDER BILAN

'Both souful poetry and thrilling adventure; powerful and

delicate, chilling and comforting' SOPHIE ANDERSON

'Ripping propulsive plot, gorgeous imagery, floating fairytale

prose ... absolutely loved it' ROSS MONTGOMERY

In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia's mother carves beautiful

mementoes from the bones of loved ones. But one day, she

doesn't return home. Did her work lead her into danger?

Sofia and her little brother Ermin are sent to the convent orphanage

but soon escape, led by an enigmatic new friend and their

pet crow, Corvith.

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 ...

The fourth children's novel by Times number

one bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, winner of the Waterstones

Children's Book Prize and the British Book Awards Children's

Book of the Year

From the author of The Island at the End of Everything,

The Way Past Winter, Julia and

the Shark and The Mercies - chosen for the Richard

& Judy Book Club

A darkly beautiful historical novel featuring Kiran's

trademark magical realism and an enthralling mystery, presented

as a gorgeous flapped paperback with stunning cover foil

Longlisted for the Diverse Book Awards 2021

A Secret of Birds & Bone (paperback)

SKU: 9781913322960
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