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Summary

Fire is like a rumour. You might think you’ve extinguished it, but one creeping, red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back into life again. Especially if someone is watching, waiting to fan the flames.... 

New school. Tick.

New town. Tick.

New surname. Tick.

Social media profiles? Erased.

There’s nothing to trace Anna back to her old life. Nothing to link her to the ‘incident’.

At least that’s what she thinks...until the whispers start up again. As time begins to run out on her secrets, Anna finds herself irresistibly drawn to the tale of Maggie, a local girl accused of witchcraft centuries earlier. A girl whose story has terrifying parallels to Anna’s own....

The compelling YA debut from Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and best-selling author of Girl Up.

©2019 Laura Bates (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

Praise for Laura Bates: "One of the first women to harness the power of social media to fight sexism and misogyny and give millions of young women a voice." (Grazia)

"Mature, eloquent and passionate, Bates is in many ways the voice of her generation." (Huffington Post)

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A must for any in high school or who ever attended high school

Brought to life the powerful similarities between passed treatment of women and current slut shaming. A 1st person account of the effects of bullying

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Utterly beautiful

Absolutely beautiful story, about love and loss, friendship, and navigating the world as a young woman. A book I didn't know I needed to read. I cannot recommend this book enough. Thank you 🙏

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Refreshingly brilliant

Brilliantly written and narrated. Completely compelling, I couldn't stop myself from listening. Past and present social issues collide.