Cinders and Sparrows


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Greenwillow Books
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6.25 X 8.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Stefan Bachmann is a writer and musician. He was born in Colorado and now lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland, where he attends the Zurich Conservatory. He began writing The Peculiar in 2010 when he was sixteen years old.


"Stefan Bachmann is a terrific, ambitious writer . . . Magic and mystery tied up with real stakes--readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough."--Soman Chainani, New York Times-bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil series
"An orphan has no idea of her birthright until a mysterious stranger shows up to inform her of her destiny. Suddenly, Zita is heiress to a castle, learning to develop her innate skills as a witch and exposed to a whole world beyond the orphanage where she was raised. . . . Bachmann balances horror, magic, and a coming of age story with aplomb." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"In a house so full of secrets . . . nothing is what it seems. Through enticing details, Bachmann creates a singular, gothic world in which a long-declining class of psychopompic witches defend against the restless dead. . . . Dreadful creatures, an absorbing atmosphere of escalating tension and paranoia, and moments of delightful magic all make for a memorable adventure."--Publishers Weekly
"Although a 12-year-old servant girl doesn't recall the time before she was an orphan, she remembers her secret, powerful name: Zita Brydgeborn.. . . The last of a family of powerful witches . . . there is much to learn and no one she can fully rely upon . . . Bachmann's worldbuilding is delightful . . . rich with enough ghosts and enchanted staircases to satisfy any fantasy lover, and the cast of characters . . . is well developed and engaging, especially intrepid narrator Zita. A suspenseful and entertaining romp through an entertainingly witchy world."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)