"Fable-like, dark, and twisty novel that leaves one breathless…"
Shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration 2023
What a compelling read, full of darkness, strangeness and almost fairy tale elements; and yet set in today’s world and entirely believable. Written with such style and beauty and full of dark, brooding, beautiful illustrations – all black and white pencil drawn – adding depth and beauty to the experience.
A group of friends and their siblings are all pulled into a vortex of wicked magic that can alter the world, as if certain elements of it had never existed – wiping out friends, family, and memories – except for those little flashes of déjà vu we all get. A very philosophical look at what it is like to be a pre-teen and young teenager, dealing with life without necessarily thinking through the consequences. A story that wraps around all the characters as they act and react to friendship, bullying, family breakdown and everyday life – and the consequences of actions – either unintended, planned, or thoughtless. A powerful read that will live with readers for days. I can see this book winning prizes in the future – for writing and illustration.
I do not intend to summarise the plot, that would be just too prosaic an approach for a book that definitely needs reading and sinking into to appreciate it!
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