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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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I only wish this was longer so we had more development of the story and got to understand the motivations of some of the characters better. Their mother is a talented bone-builder and rumoured healer, so when she is arrested, Sofia and Ermin get taken to an orphanage, thus beginning their adventures in reuniting with their mother. All about her were skeletons: by the thin shafts of light flitting in from the slits in the ribcage shutters she could see the bed about her, built from tibias and fibulas. 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 love that the children are the main characters and heroes in this book, and that the adults are the villains.

I can always get lost in Kiran’s books and forget the world around me, something that was very needed at the time I read this book.Sofia’s mother is rumoured to have a gift for healing, which puts her in something of a dangerous position as their story progresses. 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.

Momentami przeżyjecie niezły rollercoaster emocjonalny i taki, że będziesz chciał/ła krzyczeć „Nie idź tam” „Zostaw to” itp. Older villains are a common theme in books where children are the protagonists, but Hargrave does an especially good job of using this to portray the virtue of children's innocence and the corrupting effect of power in adults. Klimat średniowiecznych Włoch jest odczuwalny już od pierwszych stron, a bohaterowie walczą o sprawiedliwość i dobro. 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. This reminded me so much of reading The House with Chicken Legs, with the story focusing on bone builders.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.

They have a special bond, wrapped up in a lot of love, and are prepared to sacrifice anything and everything to keep them together. W poprzedniej recenzji pisałam, że książki autorki kocham całym sercem nie tylko za dzieciństwo, magię i wiarę, ale za realizm i ten moment, który towarzyszy mi podczas czytania, a jest, nim zapomnienie o otaczającej mnie rzeczywistości.However, the ending disappointed me slightly - it felt a little rushed, and I was mildly disappointed that a large part of it rests somewhat upon fortuitous convenience. A darkly beautiful historical novel featuring Kiran’s trademark magical realism and an enthralling mystery.

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. 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. In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia's mother carves beautiful mementos from the bones of loved ones. Książki Kiran Millwood Hargrave charakteryzują się tym, że są lekkie, przyjemne i można je czytać niezależnie od wieku, ale także przemycają wiele istotnych tematów i skłaniają do refleksji.In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia’s mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones. However, they both start to suspect all is not what it seems when children from the orphanage start to disappear through the night. O ile poprzednie książki autorki były dla mnie przyjemnymi lekturami, o tyle "Sofia, dziewczyna z kościanego domu" totalnie mnie oczarowała.

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