Crewel by Gennifer Albin


Written by Gennifer Albin

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This powerful fantasy shot through with romance is set in a frightening world where the state controls everything. Adelice tries to avoid her destiny by failing the Testing which will make her one of the elite Spinsters. But Adelice, with a strong talent for the task of weaving the world she lives in, cannot keep it hidden. Soon she is chosen....and her incredible skills lead her to the heart of the wealthy and corrupt world of the rulers - a far cry from the poverty she grew up in.

When Adeline meets Jost and falls in love with him she is faced with a hard choice.
Does she follow him or her destiny?

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Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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Incapable, Awkward, Artless - That's what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret - she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time and matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, power and beauty, the ability to embroider the very fabric of life. It also means entering a world secrets and lethal intrigue. But unlike the others, Adelice isn't interested in controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have and will do anything to hide her talent from the Guild. But when she slips up during her final test, her gift is identified. Now she has one hour to eat her mum's overcooked dinner. She has one hour to listen to her sister's school gossip and laugh at her dad's stupid jokes. She has one hour to pretend everything is OK. And she has one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there's no turning back..


'Crewel stands out in a sea of dystopia due to it’s beautiful writing, vivid imagery, sensory encompassing descriptions and thought provoking plot.'

'This is a fascinating novel, quite unlike anything I have read before. Albin’s writing is so evocative that she transports you straight into the world of Arras, The Guild and Spinsters. I am looking forward to reading the next instalment.'

About the Author

Gennifer Albin has a masters degree in English from the University of Missouri, where she was an editor for Pleiades and The Missouri Review. Shes the founder of the popular parenting blog and blogs about writing at Crewel was inspired by a painting by the Spanish surrealist painter, Remedios Varo. It is her first novel.

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384 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber

Publication date

18th October 2012




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