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Recommended by: Rachel Ayres

Contact: @rachelayres1979

Author: Frances Hardinge

Form: Prose novel – fantasy

Length: 481 pages

Brief summary: The story is set in the fictional land of Raddith where spider-like creatures called Little Brothers weave and ‘gift’ strange and devastating curses to those consumed with a grudge. Kellen is the only person who can unravel curses so is both immensely valuable and immensely dangerous.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Y8 and above. Contains violent scenes and descriptions. After effects of traumatic events.

Notable reasons for recommending: Could lead into discussions about magic, fantasy, folk tale, friendship, emotional regulation and trauma. Links to dystopian fiction.

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