by Malorie Blackman
Nia has met the man she wants to marry. Marcus is kind, clever and handsome, with a beard so dark it is nearly blue-black. Nia demands a single promise from him - that Marcus will never enter her study, her private space. But when Marcus's curiosity begins to mount Nia feels more and more uneasy. Will he betray her? Can he accept that no means no? Can a woman ever have a room of her own? Malorie Blackman brings her unparalleled understanding of human nature to the story of Bluebeard.
Target age: 7 to 10
Be sure to check out the other books in the Fairy Tale Revolution series by Haymarket Books.
"Blackman's feminist twists on the lesser-known fairy tale 'Bluebeard' are interesting, and a climactic reveal raises intriguing questions about legacy and violence... Barrett's delicate, eerie, shadow cutout illustrations are nice additions to the unsettling atmosphere." --Kirkus
"As macabre as the original... the same dark, sinister atmosphere overshadows the old, murderous story." --Eithne Farry, Sunday Express
About the Author:
Malorie Blackman has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. In 2005 Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. In 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children's Laureate. Most recently Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published by Penguin Random House Children's in summer 2019.