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A boy awakens in the Afterlife, with a pocketful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him as he sets out to piece together what happened, and try to find his way home ...
Twig is alone as a newly-made street kid after his dad goes missing. But when he meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, the pair become fast friends. Together, Twig and Flea raise themselves on the crime-ridden streets, taking what they need and giving the rest to the even-poorer. Life is good, as long as they have each other.
But then Twig wakes up in the Afterlife with just a handful of memories from Earth and one big question ... how did he get there?
Loyalty will be tested, and a cruel twist of fate will lead to an act of ultimate betrayal in this epic story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide of life and death itself. From the award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow.
Praise for THE BONE SPARROW by Zana Fraillon
‘A tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful book … I urge you to read it’
‘While addressing themes of loss, desperation, and injustice in an all-too-relevant setting, Fraillon's resonant novel underscores the healing power of story.’
‘A profoundly poignant novel’
‘An important, heartbreaking book with frequent, unexpected humour, that everyone, whether teenager or adult, should read.’
‘The writing is beautiful and the message of survival and bravery a universal one’
‘One of those rare, special books that will break your heart with its honesty and beauty, but is ultimately hopeful and uplifting’
‘Many books have been published that tell sad stories about refugee children -- this is the best’
‘A heartrending tale about how our stories make us’
THE SUNDAY TIMES