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Battersby, Lee: Magrit

Magazine article School Librarian

Battersby, Lee: Magrit

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Battersby, Lee


Illustrated by Amy Daoud

Walker, 2016, pp160, 8.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 925081 34 3

The opening may be tinged with a touch of similarity to The Graveyard Book, however from that concept onwards a fabulous originality about the story and characters is established. Magrit is almost 10 and she lives in a forgotten cemetery enclosed by tall city buildings. Her only companion is a figure she has made out of recycled bones so whilst this Master Puppet may have form he is quite unique. Master Puppet's voice gives Magrit advice and homilies in what this reader hears as a lugubrious, humourless voice. One night a passing stork drops a bundle and Magrit finds herself nursemaid and provider for a baby boy, she also has the arduous role of cleaner-upper too. Life goes on--in the cemetery--with the boy, named Bugrat, growing and developing and the skeletal voice prophesying problems and doom. …

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