Cinders and Sparrows

Cinders and Sparrows

A suspenseful tale of witches, family, and magic from internationally bestselling author Stefan Bachmann. Readers of Kate Milford's Greenglass House, Victoria Schwab's City of Ghosts, and Diana Wynne Jones will be riveted.

When a scarecrow climbs over the garden wall, delivering twelve-year-old orphan Zita Brydgeborn a letter saying she has inherited a distant castle, she jumps at the chance of adventure. But little does she know that she is about to be thrust into a centuries-old battle between good and evil. Blackbird Castle was once home to a powerful dynasty of witches, all of them now dead under mysterious circumstances. Zita is the last of her line. And Zita, unfortunately, doesn’t know the first thing about being a witch.

As she begins her lessons in charms and spells with her guardian, Mrs. Cantanker, Zita makes new allies—a crow, a talking marble head, two castle servants just her age named Bram and Minnifer, and the silent ghost of a green-eyed girl. But who is friend and who is foe? Zita must race to untangle her past and find the magic to save the home she’s always hoped for. Because whatever claimed the souls of her family is now after her.

Title:Cinders and Sparrows
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062289957
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    Cinders and Sparrows Reviews

  • Stacey-Lea

    Cinders and Sparrows is kind of like if Matilda found out she was actually from a family of witches and when she returns home everything begins to go terribly, terribly wrong. The book follows orphane...

  • Mila

    The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.This is a story about a young orphan who turned out to be the sole heir to a f...

  • Laura

    For fans of Howl's Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones or The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Cinders & Sparrows is about a resourceful young girl prepared to meet challenges head-on and battle the f...

  • Katie P.

    Blog ✍ | Facebook 👩 | Twitter 🐦 | Instagram 📸Zita is an ordinary girl of 13, raised in an orphanage and employed as a maid. Seemingly out of the blue, she receives a letter summoning her to...

  • Kaela Noel

    What a marvelous book! If you are looking for a spooky, charming middle-grade novel with a ton of atmosphere, terrific writing, and a heart of gold, CINDERS AND SPARROWS should be at the top of your l...

  • Kat

    *Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. *Ingebeth, an orphan and a housemaid, never really had any past or future, until the day a scarecrow delivere...

  • Pop Bop

    A Satisfying Girl's Own AdventureThe "simple housemaid who finds out she's really the long-lost last living member of a line of powerful witches" is not the most novel hook upon which to hang a magica...

  • Karin Schott

    A lovely Stephan Bachmann book. Such a delight to read. When my son was younger we would sit in the school library before the bell rang for the start of the day and read magical middle-grade novels. S...

  • Lucretia

    Zita is in for a strange adventure, and one I had so much fun on, when she is given a message from a scarecrow that she's inherited a castle. Right from the start you get a sense of whimsy, that remai...

  • Soup

    Engaging and highly readable YA novel about 12 year old housemaid Zita Brydgeborn who goes from orphan maid to sole heir of a famous witch dynasty (with castle and responsibilities to boot) overnight....