A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in COSTA AWARD winner Sally Gardner's gothic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's THE TINDERBOX.
Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half-beast half-man gives him shoes and dice, which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire - pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whose master he becomes. But will all the riches in the world bring him the thing he most desires?
Fairy tales are often the cruellest stories of all; this spellbinding book tells of both great love and great loss.
Beautifully illustrated by David Roberts.
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 and the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 198 x 156 x 22 mm
Fast-paced and gripping * Stylist *
Profoundly beautiful and thought-provoking ... mesmeric ... ultimately, we are in the hands of a consummate storyteller who provides her readers with nothing less than a meditation on desire, maturation, reality and death. * INIS Magazine *
Luminously written ... rich and rewarding * Books For Keeps *
A dark but delightful read * SFX Magazine *
Exquisite ... as dark and captivating as you would hope * The Bookseller *
Profoundly beautiful * Recommended Reads *
David Roberts' elegant illustrations are integral to the beautiful design ... A volume to treasure and re-read * Financial Times *
Mesmeric ... another jewel in Gardner's crown * The Times *
The natural elegance of Roberts' style marries perfectly with the supernatural elements of Gardner's powerful narrative -- by turns ghostly, tender, dramatic * Books For Keeps *
Exquisite * School Zone *
A dark dream -- an exploration of memory, grief, fear, lust and love. Gardner's delicate, eerie rendering lends it a new grace * The Daily Telegraph *
Gardner's prose in Tinder is adventurous and hugely energetic ... Its a beauty * The Guardian *
An exquisitely macabre fairy story for teenagers * The Daily Telegraph *
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