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Set in a dystopian vision of the future, Firebird and her brother Ford live in a swamp on the edge of the city with their father and grandmother. They make a living by trapping eels - or so they believe until they discover that the eel smokery has been closed for a year, and that the family's money comes from the bags that Firebird makes from dried eel skins. Their shock at discovering that their whole lives have been based on lies - of which the most shocking is that their mother is still alive - coincides with a cataclysmic storm which destroys the swamp and kills their father. Slowly the family has to reassess their whole way of life and, indeed, who they actually are.
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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 160g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141319046
  • 9780141319049

About Susan Gates

Susan Gates was born in Grimsby. She studied American literature at Warwick University, and was a teacher before becoming a full-time writer. She has three children and lives in County Durham, England.
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115 ratings
3.37 out of 5 stars
5 19% (22)
4 21% (24)
3 43% (50)
2 11% (13)
1 5% (6)
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