The perfect slightly-spooky autumn read, this is the story of Makepeace, a teenage girl with the ability to see, communicate, and bodily cohabit with ghosts. The plot deftly interweaves the supernatural with the events of the English Civil War, and the magic system feels creative and original. I loved Makepeace and all her ghosts.
— From A Skinful of Shadows
About the Author
Frances Hardinge is the winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win this major UK literary prize. She is the author of several books for young people, including Cuckoo Song, Fly By Night, and A Face Like Glass. She lives in England.
" . . . a delicious combination of historical adventure, coming-of-age tale, and supernatural intrigue"
— Publishers Weekly
"Hardinge's plot is both unpredictable and rock-solid, her settings full of smells, her imagery vivid . . . Deliberate, impeccable, and extraordinary."
— Kirkus Reviews
"A Skinful of Shadows is outlandishly creative and thoroughly blood-chilling. Her storytelling is visceral and unfurls at an exciting pace, making this novel a wonderful, weird and terrifying addition to her body of work."
— Shelf Awareness
"Hardinge’s writing is stunning, and readers will be taken hostage by its intensity, fascinating developments, and the fierce, compassionate girl leading the charge."
"Hardinge continues to create multifaceted characters, well-researched historical settings, and laugh-out-loud dialogue that will enrapture strong readers of fantasy and complex historical fiction. VERDICT A book that only Hardinge could write; add this masterful and spooky historical fantasy to upper middle grade and YA shelves."
— School Library Journal
"The visceral immediacy of Hardinge’s prose . . . can sometimes be unsettling, but the prose itself is always original and invigorating"
— The Horn Book
"The setting allows for plenty of action and intrigue . . . It all ends on a strange and bittersweet note, but Hardinge fans will be accustomed to that by now and will not be disappointed here."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"?The novel is a very descriptive and craftily written . . . It would be ideal for tenacious students looking for a good ghost story."
— School Library Connection