The spellbinding new novel from the Sunday Times-bestselling author of The Girl of Ink & Stars, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia’s mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones. But one day, she doesn’t return home.
Did her work lead her into danger? Sofia and her little brother Ermin are sent to the convent orphanage but soon escape, led by an enigmatic new friend and their pet crow, Corvith. Together they cross the city underground, following clues in bones up to the towers of Siena, where – circled by magpies – the children find the terrible truth … PRAISE FOR KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE’She is an outstanding talent’ SAMANTHA SHANNON’The new big gun in children’s fiction’ TELEGRAPH’One of the most exciting emerging talents in children’s books’ OBSERVER