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Creepier than Coraline, and that’s saying something. This book has it all: the accident. The weird hunger. The whispers. The menacing dolls. The secrets. The terror. Need we go on? When Triss wakes up after her accident, she knows something is very wrong. She’s starving. Her sister is afraid of her. Her parents whisper behind closed doors. A frightening china doll speaks to her. Perhaps Triss’s diary holds a clue – but the pages have been ripped out. What is happening to her? This historical chiller is exquisitely beautiful, surreal, dark and terrifying all in one. Totally original and written with the cold purity of glass. Weep cobweb tears of joy.

  • Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015
  • Frances Hardinge is one of today’s best writers
  • She won the 2015 Costa Award for The Lie Tree
  • Her other books include A Skinful of Shadows

“Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.” Patrick Ness

“Magical, menacing stuff.” Guardian

Product Details

Catalogue number

933 in EU Teen Summer 2019






Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

May 1st, 2014

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.0; Upper years; 19.0 points

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  • 416 pages


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