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The Beast is an Animal


The Beast is an animal
You'd better lock the Gate
Or when it's dark, It comes for you
Then it will be too late

Alys was the only one to see the soul eaters when they came to her village. The others were sleeping. They never woke up...

Now, an orphan, Alys knows the full danger of the soul eaters. She's heard the nursery rhymes the chidren sing about the twin sisters who feed on souls. She's seen people disappear into the fforest and never come back. So why, then, does she find herself mysteriously drawn to the fforest? Is she what everyone around her says she is? A witch? 

Alys soon finds herself on a journey that will take her to the very heart of the fforest. There she must decide where true evil lies. And face the thing they call ...

The Beast.

A fairy tale with a difference: shivery, dark, and deeply satisfying. 
'Read it if you loved The Handmaid's Tale' - Entertainment Weekly

Photograph by Elena Seibert

Peternelle van Arsdale is a book editor, essay and short story writer, and the author of The Beast Is an Animal and The Cold Is in Her Bones. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on her third novel. Visit her at

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (February 28, 2017)
  • Length: 416 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471160448
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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