A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Reviewed by Jess 8A
A Skinful of Shadows is set in the English Civil War (in the 1640s) in the central/south area of England. The protagonist, Makepeace, is a girl of twelve who discovers she has an extraordinary gift – if you can call it that. After her mother’s death, Makepeace is sent from her Parliamentarian aunt and uncle to live with her father’s Royalist family, and from there her adventures begin.
I liked this book because the plot has such unpredictable and compelling twists that when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. In my opinion, it was very well-written and dissimilar to other novels aimed at children or teenagers, in that it was imminently captivating, and that although there was an interesting motif, the moral was not obvious but gradually explored.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend A Skinful of Shadows to all readers, especially those between eight and thirteen. I would rate it four point seven, as several phrases were repeated.