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Ever since she can remember, Briseis has had power over plants. Flowers bloom in her footsteps and leaves turn to face her as though she were the sun. It's a power she and her adoptive mothers have spent her whole life trying to hide.
And then Briseis inherits an old house from her birth mother and suddenly finds herself with the space and privacy to test her powers for the first time. But as Briseis starts to bring the house's rambling garden back to life, she finds she has also inherited generations of secrets.
A hidden altar to a dark goddess, a lineage of witches stretching back to ancient times, and a hidden garden overgrown with the most deadly poisonous plants on earth. And Briseis's long-departed ancestors aren't going to let her rest until she accepts her place as the keeper of the terrible power that lies at the heart of the Poison Garden.
Cinderella Is Dead author Kalynn Bayron brings a message of proud inclusivity to this empowering fantasy about a young woman finding the strength to challenge everything she has been told is true.
Praise for Cinderella is Dead;
A wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after - Brigid Kemmerer
Challenges patriarchy with kick-butt heroines and a counter-story that will forever change how readers perceive fairy tales - Booklist starred review
Ambitious, replacing the happily-ever-after with a tragic legacy and a defiant, feminist tone - Publisher's Weekly Online
|Publication date:||29th June 2021|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Fantasy / Magical|
Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and a classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she's not writing, you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, going to the theatre, watching scary movies and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her family.More About Kalynn Bayron