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Black Snow Falling (Hardback)

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In 1593, a girl with spirit is a threat.

Ruth has secrets. An old book of heresy belonging to her long-absent father. A dream that haunts her. And love that she and Silas hide from the world.

When she is robbed of all she holds true, her friends from Crowbury slide into terrible danger. Hope is as faint as a moonbow. Dare Ruth trust the shadowy one who could destroy them all?

This is a story about hope overcoming evil, written with satisfying moral complexity. Ruth's devastation breaks apart time. She sees that her hopes and dreams are a visceral halo of rainbow colours spinning to white and that evil dream thieves are severing these halos from sleeping victims. Those disturbing dreams of black snow lead Ruth to a perilous discovery: one dream thief is connected to her grandfather and the candle-maker's boy, Jude, from long ago.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFantasy & magical realismChildren'sFiction & true storiesHistorical fictionFiction & PoetryFantasy Publisher: Scotland Street Press Publication Date: 01/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9781910895214  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Liz McWhirter is an award winning copywriter who lives in Edinburgh with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.

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This is a humdinger of a novel, and a real treat. As a not too frequent reader of YA, this nevertheless caught my eye (literally - it's a thing of beauty in itself and shimmers & winks at you from the shelves). There's so much going on in these 200 odd pages (historical/fantasy can often be unnecessarily over-long) and so many strands cleverly woven in - the well researched historical elements stand out, yes, but there's the beautifully understated romance between principal protagonist, the savvy yet sensitive and quietly feisty Ruth (a trail-blazing square peg for these buttoned up, repressive Tudor times) and her illicit love, Silas......then there's the magical realist element which creeps up most effectively through the nature signs and the nocturnal wanderings, subtly evoked. Nothing crashes in at all; it all just works. Actually, there is one crash that comes out of the blue, but it serves the darker episodes that are served up later, and all done in the best possible stunningly cinematic taste. At sentence level, it doesn't crash either; perhaps the essential strength of BSF is that the writing doesn't draw attention to itself, and unlike the image of the Armillary Sphere on the inside of the front cover, you don't get to glimpse the inner workings. The 12+ reader age tag is strictly for bookseller purposes only; in reality this is 'everybody' fiction; an adventurous & booky 9 year old will be enchanted by this, as will a sparky 99 year old (my own mum is not far off this upper marker, and has taken note!) And it's tender too. I'm not ashamed to say the ending made me blub. Highly recommended.

- 01/10/2018
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