The Gifts that Bind Us

Caroline O’Donoghue

Magic, friendship and teenage angst! The sequel to the highly successful All our Hidden Gifts is a complex but intriguing book for older teens who want a story about identity.

In the first book, four friends, Roe (whose characterisation involves trans issues and how they affect relationships), Maeve, Fiona and Lily realised they each have a hidden talent for some sort of magic. In this sequel, the story is told through Maeve who can read minds. With the arrival of the new school counsellor, Miss Harris, and the slightly unsettling and mysterious Aaron, the friendships between the group start to fragment and the magic weakens. 

This can be read as a standalone story, and is recommended for pupils in KS4.

Published by Walker Books

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton