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A Skinful of Shadows Paperback – June 11, 2019

4.6 out of 5 stars 173 ratings

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**STARRED REVIEW**
"A delicious combination of historical adventure, coming-of-age tale, and supernatural intrigue."
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"Hardinge's plot is both unpredictable and rock-solid, her settings full of smells, her imagery vivid . . . Deliberate, impeccable, and extraordinary."
(Kirkus Reviews)

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"A Skinful of Shadows is outlandishly creative and thoroughly blood-chilling. Her storytelling is visceral and unfurls at an exciting pace, making this novel a wonderful, weird and terrifying addition to her body of work."
(Shelf Awareness)

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"Hardinge’s writing is stunning, and readers will be taken hostage by its intensity, fascinating developments, and the fierce, compassionate girl leading the charge."
 
(Booklist)

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Hardinge continues to create multifaceted characters, well-researched historical settings, and laugh-out-loud dialogue that will enrapture strong readers of fantasy and complex historical fiction. VERDICT A book that only Hardinge could write; add this masterful and spooky historical fantasy to upper middle grade and YA shelves."
(School Library Journal)

"The setting allows for plenty of action and intrigue . . . It all ends on a strange and bittersweet note, but Hardinge fans will be accustomed to that by now and will not be disappointed here."
(The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Makepeace is a resourceful, brave, and intelligent protagonist, and readers will root for her and James’s triumph over the Fellmotte ghosts. The visceral immediacy of Hardinge’s prose . . . can sometimes be unsettling, but the prose itself is always original and invigorating."
(The Horn Book)

About the Author

Frances Hardinge is the winner of the Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win the major UK literary prize. She is the author of several books for young people, including Cuckoo Song, Fly by Night, and Verdigris Deep. She lives in England. 
 

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  • Grade Level : 8 and up
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1419733761
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1419733765
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Reprint Edition (June 11, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 13 and up
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 173 ratings

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Melmoth
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to The Lie Tree and a great book in its own right
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Stuff of Waking Nightmares'
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Deborah Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, classic storytelling
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Pamela Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Original & engrossing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardinge's Eighth - A Great Read
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