"Admirable characters confronting human realities make for compelling reading. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
"Brilliantly conceived, perfectly executed and utterly mesmerizing. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"A fine fantasy debut (first published in Australia in 2001). (author's note) (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Twelve-year-old Australian Hannah has been sent to spend the winter with Japanese family friends in Kanazawa so she can improve her ability to speak the language.
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"Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
"A film is already in development, and if it lives up to this marvel-laden debut, it'll be well worth seeing. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
"Dense but exciting. (Fantasy. 10-12)"