Twig wakes up in the Afterlife with a skeleton raven, a key, a bag of bones and a mysterious atlas as a guide… and no proper memory of his past. While engaged in a quest for survival in the Afterlife snatches of memory from his former life return to Twig. Can he unlock all the Crossings to achieve his goal? Will he fade and lose all his memories before completing his quest? Will he find those he loves?
Zana Fraillon’s previous novel, The Bone Sparrow, won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children and the Amnesty CILIP Honour. It was an intensely touching book about a young child who spends a lifetime in a detention centre. In this new book Zana once again tackles big issues: homelessness, post-capitalist society, corruption, law and order, gender identity, betrayal and loyalty. There’s also a quest in the Afterlife and some very sophisticated storylines that keep the reader intellectually engaged, and challenging their own understanding of the world (and the Afterlife!).
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