If you are drawn in by the eerie delight of the classic Brother's Grimm Fairy Tales you will love this book! The nefarious adults in young Henrietta's life do everything in their power to thwart her efforts to help her family heal from insurmountable tragedy. Even with the deck stacked against her, she meets unexpected and mysterious allies to help her along her treacherous path. Henrietta's integrity and grit in the face of adversity is truly inspiring. — From Rachel's Picks
All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.
One night she ventures into the darkness of Nightingale Wood. What she finds there will change her whole world...
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* "In an imaginative, compelling first-person narration, Henry wraps her story in fairy tales, exposing her guilt, grief, isolation, and fear as she unravels the stunning secrets of Nightingale Wood." -- Kirkus, starred review
* "A brave heroine propels this strong and richly layered novel, a memorable portrait of grief, resilience, and rebirth." -- Publisher's Weekly, starred review
A Telegraph Top 50 Book of the Year
A Waterstones Book of the Month Pick
"From the first page, I was entirely smitten and compelled to read on until I finished this mysterious and poignant story." -- Pam Munoz Ryan, author of Newbery Honor Book Echo and Esperanza Rising
"Superbly balanced between readability and poetry... this is an assured debut." -- The Guardian (UK)
"Rich with nods to classics...this outstanding debut explores family, grief and mental illness with great skill." -- The Bookseller (UK)
"A gripping novel in Secret Garden mode... Bliss for passionate readers aged nine and older." -- The New Statesman (UK)
"Strange's writing is luminous, and she has created a story about friendship, love and family that is wonderfully involving." -- Literary Review (UK)
"Friendships, family, love and loss all come together in this beautiful debut." -- The Sunday Express (UK)
"Tender, funny, devastating and just about word perfect, I loved every page of this extraordinary book." -- Natasha Farrant, author of The Secret Diary of Lydia Bennet
"A beautifully told story about loss, grief and the restorative power of the imagination." -- M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy