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Description - The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

Loyalty is tested, and a cruel twist of fate leads to an act of ultimate betrayal in this epic story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide between life and death itself.

Twig is all alone after his dad goes missing. But when he meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, the pair become fast friends. Together, Twig and Flea raise themselves on the crime-ridden streets, taking what they need and giving the rest to the even-poorer. Life is good, as long as they have each other.

But then Twig wakes up in the Afterlife. With just a handful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him, he tries to piece together what happened, and to find his way home . . .

A powerful story of hope and friendship from the award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow.

Acclaim for Zana Fraillon's THE BONE SPARROW:

2017 ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children

Winner, Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2017

CBCA Honour Book 2017 - Older Readers

Shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Shortlisted for the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016

Shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award 2017

Shortlisted for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal

Carnegie Medal Amnesty CILIP Honour Book 2017

IBBY Australia Honour Book 2018

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780734419934
Format: Paperback / softback
(137mm x 211mm x 30mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Lothian Children's Books
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2020
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon - Reviewed by (10 Oct 2020)

5 stars

“Impossible is just what they say when they don’t want you to try.”

The Lost Soul Atlas is the third novel by Australian author, Zana Fraillon. When Twig unexpectedly finds himself in the After Life, he has only scraps of memory of what went before. Now Krruk, his skeletal raven Guardian, is chivvying him along to get to the Golden Gates, where the Gods are eager to consume his memories (everyone’s really), and Twig can relax in “a dressin’ gown and lush fluffy-bunny slippers” to enjoy the train and yoga (Tuesdays) and the gardens and playing bridge.

But before Krruk can stop him, Twig steps off the Path and into the Woods, drawn by the sound of his beloved Da’s tin whistle. He follows the tiny stick figures he learns are Meeples to a mound and, much to Krruk’s consternation, meets the Gatherer and agrees to go on a quest: “Open the Crossings. Release the memories. Only you can do it now. There will be no time to wait for another. And you have already started on your journey.”

“In here are the Bones of Lost Wonders. They carry the whispers and memories and stories and knowings that will soon be lost to the mortal world for ever. You must carry a single bone through each Crossing and leave it in the mortal world so it can be found by those whose eyes look for whispers, and whose ears are wonderwide . . . they will carry the knowings forward.”

Twig knows “With a map anything is possible . . .” He is given an atlas: “The Lost Soul Atlas of the Afterlife A guide to the Outer Wilderlands and s’rounds Withe Crossings new’ly discov’r’d and set forthe Fore Keep’rs of the Knowings” and he is promised that success will take him to his waiting Da.

He will need to open six Crossings, and at each, a Sentry will challenge him with a riddle: solve it and he crosses; fail, and he will be eaten. With the help of Krruk and the Meeples, he is surprisingly successful, and with each Crossing he opens, Twig remembers more: the last time he saw his Da, the eviction from the Tower, meeting up with Flea and living with the Beasts of the City Wildes.

He recalls encounters with the soul-eating Hoblin and the crooked cops, playing the accordion, a joy ride in a flying car, and what brought it all to a horrible end. Can he open the Crossings and save the knowings? A tale of bravery and loyalty and friendship that proves just how talented and imaginative an author Zana Fraillon is. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Hachette Australia.

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