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A suspenseful tale of witches, family, and magic from internationally best-selling author Stefan Bachmann. When a 12-year-old orphan unexpectedly becomes the mistress of a seemingly abandoned castle, she is thrust into a mysterious plot involving murderous spells, false identity, and a magical battle of wills between the living and the dead.

Fans of Kate Milford's Greenglass House, Victoria Schwab's City of Ghosts, and Diana Wynne Jones will be riveted. 

Twelve-year-old Zita, an orphan and a housemaid, has resigned herself to a life of drudgery when a strange letter arrives, naming her the only living heir to the Brydgeborn fortune. Now the mistress of the castle, Zita soon realizes foul play led to the death of her family. And as she is guided through lessons in the art of witchcraft by the somewhat mysterious Mrs. Cantanker, Zita begins to wonder who is friend and who is foe. 

Unforgettable and utterly enchanting, this stand-alone tale about family, belonging, and friendship will bewitch listeners of Tahereh Mafi’s Whichwood, Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces, and Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. Cinders & Sparrows is a magical story by the author of The Peculiar, the acclaimed international best seller. 

©2020 Stefan Bachmann (P)2020 Greenwillow Books

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A very good Spooky Halloween Feeling story.

A very good little book, full of witchy Halloween vibes. It’s perfect for those who enjoy middle grade books or the Small Spaces series. I lucked out when I found this one. It was pretty good.

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I enjoyed this book

This story grabbed my attention on page one and never let go! Imagine being 13 years old, living in an orphanage and having no memories of your early years. A typical orphan finding out she is really a rich girl, right? Wrong. She isn’t a typical orphan. She is an orphan of one of the most powerful witch families in her world. How does one prove she is a witch when she has never exhibited any powers? Why is her new guardian trying to prove she is an imposter?

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Awesome Book!!

We listened to this book as a family! Fun and exciting!! Thank you for this book!!