Cuckoo Song

3.94 based on 2995 ratings & 608 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Children's Books

Publication date: 08.05.2014
ISBN: 9780330519731
Number of pages: 416

Synopsis

'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' Patrick Ness

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge, Costa Award winning author of The Lie Tree, is a fantastically eerie and beautifully written novel, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

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 . . .

In the media

The most original mid-fantasy I have read in a long time... a little book bundle of literary magic.
tessburton.wordpress.com
Frances Hardinge, author of the award-winning novels Fly-by-Night, Twilight Robbery and A Face Like Glass, puts an imaginative spin on the well-worn tales of changelings in her new YA novel Cuckoo Song.
telegraph.co.uk
Hardinge brings sophistication and literariness to children's fiction whilst never skimping on the entertainment and satisfaction quotient.
dancingonglass11.blogspot.co.uk