Cuckoo Song

(104 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5)

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Review

When Triss wakes up after her accident, she knows that something is wrong. She is strangely, insatiably hungry; her hair is always full of leaves; her tears turn to cobwebs; and her younger sister Pen seems to hate her. Her parents are whispering behind closed doors, and she still can't remember what actually happened to her when she fell into the Grimmer. Even her diary is no help: when she opens it to try and remember, she finds that all the pages have been ripped out.

Soon, Triss realises that what has happened to her is stranger than anything she could ever have imagined. Her quest for the truth takes her and her sister on a frightening adventure into the sinister hidden underworld of the city.

This dark fairy-story from critically acclaimed author Frances Hardinge puts a richly imaginative spin on the old tales of changelings. Haunting, atmospheric and full of mystery, this is a beautifully-written and captivating novel. Sensitive readers beware: there are some genuinely chilling and disturbing scenes here; however, ambitious readers will relish this clever, complex and rewarding tale.

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