Sonya Hartnett’s haunting, mythical novel - now in paperback
Harper Flute believes that her younger brother Tin, with his uncanny ability to dig, was born to burrow. While their family struggles to survive in a bleak landscape during the Great Depression, the silent and elusive little Tin - "born on a Thursday and so fated to his wanderings" - begins to escape underground, tunneling beneath their tiny shanty. As time passes, Tin becomes a wild thing, leaving his family further and further behind.
With exquisite prose, richly drawn characters, and a touch of magical realism, Sonya Hartnett tells a breathtakingly original coming-of-age story through the clear eyes of an observant child. It’s an unsentimental portrait of a loving family faced with poverty and heartbreak, entwined with a surreal vision of the enigmatic Tin, disappearing into a mysterious labyrinth that reaches unimaginably far, yet remains hauntingly near.
"Will be treasured by teens. . . . A beautiful and complex coming-of-age story that will burrow into young people’s deepest hopes and fears, shining light on the darkest rooms." - BOOKLIST (starred review)
"Sonya Hartnett has written a haunting story that burrows deep into the hidden lives of children. Beautifully written and endlessly satisfying."—Ellen Wittlinger, author of HARD LOVE, a Michael L. Printz honor book — None
"THURSDAY'S CHILD is a brilliant story, brilliantly told—so deeply
imagined and dreamlike in its unfolding, so compelling and believable
in the wild, extreme world it creates. Hartnett's beautifully
rendered vision drew me in from the very start and carried me along,
above and under ground, to the very end. This book amazed me."
—Carolyn Coman, award-winning author of MANY STONES and WHAT JAMIE SAW — None
From the Hardcover edition.