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The Crow Folk by Mark Stay

Woodville is a small, sleepy village in rural Kent, where everyone knows each other and the pub and the church are at the heart of the community. The Second World War is underway and there are Spitfires overhead and blackout patrols every night. The Crow Folk begins with seventeen-year-old Faye Bright, a resourceful, helpful and inquisitive tomboy, discovering a book full of notes that once belonged to her mother, who died when Faye was tiny and of whom Faye has only limited memories. To Faye's surprise, it contains what seem to be magic spells - as well as some bellringing notations and a recipe for jam roly-poly. Could Faye's mum really have been a witch? And why is Woodville suddenly under threat from a band of malevolent scarecrows? Mark Stay's The Crow Folk is one of the few books I've read as an adult that gave me the same feeling I used to get from reading certain books as a child. It's often very eerie - the scarecrows really are genuinely sinister, partic

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