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Cuckoo Song

by Frances Hardinge

'new gen' - Great Books for Young Adults

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Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer. Something that causes her to change in all kinds of ways which her parents don't recognise. Triss can feel the changes - she is always hungry, her hair is full of leaves, her tears are like cobwebs and her sister is terrified of her - but she cannot understand why they are happening. Somehow, Triss has been taken over. She is now a changeling and she needs to search through the underworld of the city itself to find the truth.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E.

Cuckoo Song Synopsis

The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak. 'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.'

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself.

In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late ...

Cuckoo Song Press Reviews

An enticing mystery from the first page . . . The story, full of tension and danger, explores grief, revenge and forgiveness as well as misguided parenting and sibling rivalry. - Sunday Times

A deliciously sinister read full of mayhem and menace. Frances Hardinge is a very powerful and poetic writer - weaving a very dark and magical tale to entrance and enthral her readers. - Guardian

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ISBN: 9781509868155
Publication date: 22/03/2018
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers International Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509868155
Publication date: 22nd March 2018
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers International Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,
Categories: Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage), Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly by Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. The Lie Tree is Frances's seventh novel.   ...

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