Soonchild, Hardback Book
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"Hoban is the best sort of genius." Patrick Ness, The GuardianSomewhere in the Arctic Circle, Sixteen-Face John, a shaman, learns that his first child, a soonchild, cannot hear the World Songs from her mother's womb.

The World Songs are what inspire all newborns to come out into the world, and John must find them for her.

But how? The answer takes him through many lifetimes and many shape-shifts, as well as encounters with beasts, demons and a mysterious benevolent owl spirit, Ukpika, who is linked to John's past...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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  • ISBN: 9781406329919

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So cool. Sharp and somehow cozy and mysterious pencil drawings perfectly fit the tone of this book. A very realistically portrayed man, who is a shaman in a village way up in the North, takes a very unusual journey to find the World Songs for his soon to be daughter.

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