ACHUKA Book of the Day 30 Apr 2020
Shortlisted for Branford Boase Award 202o
Best Book for Older Readers, Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020
“Excellent fantasy debut” Tony Bradman, GUARDIAN REVIEW
“A bold, arresting first book.” Fiona Noble, OBSERVER
Life in Bearmouth is one of hard labour, the sunlit world above the mine a distant memory. Reward will come in the next life with the benevolence of the Mayker. New accepts everything – that is, until the mysterious Devlin arrives. Suddenly, Newt starts to look at Bearmouth with a fresh perspective, questioning the system, and setting in motion a chain of events that could destroy their entire world. In this powerful and brilliantly original debut novel, friendship creates strength, courage is hard-won and hope is the path to freedom.