With fascination, Davie and his best friend Geordie watch the arrival of a new boy, Stephen Rose, in their town. He seems to have come from nowhere, and when he arrives to live with his distant aunt, the local ‘loony’, ‘Crazy Mary’, no one envies him his new home.
But perhaps he’s the answer to Davie and Geordie's prayers - a secret weapon in their war against monstrous Mouldy and his gang?
Intrigued by him, gradually Davie and Geordie befriend Stephen. But they are heading innocently down a dangerous path that brings with it a monster of an entirely unexpected nature. Their encounter with the mysterious Stephen is as incredible as it is menacing, and as the true shocking story of Stephen’s past slowly emerges, Davie’s life is changed forever.
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An effective, engaging story. ( The Scottish Sunday Herald)
Funny, mysterious, moving, frightening and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling. This is extraordinary story telling. ( The Sunday Times)
A stunning read. ( The Sunday Times)
This adroit and perceptive novel has both immediate appeal and long-lasting resonance. ( The Guardian)
Both exhilarating and horrifying. ( Time Out)
Dark and thought-provoking. ( The Guardian)
The climax of this strange miraculous, beautiful book will make it a classroom classic. ( The Times)
This is the best that children's fiction has to offer. Brilliant. ( The Guardian)
His most mysterious and spellbinding work yet. ( Daily Express)
Hypnotic storytelling. ( The Guardian)
An astonishing journey. I believe that Almond's books should be compulsory reading in all secondary schools. (Imogen Stubbs The Daily Telegraph)
... Almond manages to make a work of art out of the simplest words ... ( Amanda Craig, The Times)
... funny, mysterious, moving, frightening, and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling. ... this is extraordinary storytelling, not beneath the attention of adult readers. ( Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times)
Every word carefully chosen, this novel makes compelling reading ... David Almond's novels all have a unique, mystical thread running through them. He weaves a story web, spiderlike, that holds the reader spellbound while he spins new thought-threads on universal themes ( Carousel, Autumn 2005)
vivid and intense ( The Bookseller)
... powerfully atmospheric ... lilting prose and a seamless blending of primitive magic with discerning realism. ... Written with the elegiac lyricism of a lament for lost innocence but punctuated by occasional moments of sharply observed humour, this adroit and perceptive novel has both immediate appeal and long-lasting resonance. ( The Guardian)
'Hypnotic story-telling, intriguing and powerful, full of accurate characterisation and profound observations. ( Publishing News)
Outstanding writing and storytelling with that delicate, haunting overlay of recall that characterises all his work. ( The Bookseller)
Like all Almond's novels this is brilliantly written - its almost sinister undertones will keep you gripped. ( Sarah Harbon, The Bookseller)
... his deepest, darkest yet and perhaps his best. ( The Sunday Herald)
'... his strongest work since Skellig.' ( Publishing News)
'David Almond is the very best author at work in the field of YA fiction in the UK.' ( Michael Thorn, Achuka)
'This is the best that children's fiction has to offer ... Brilliant.' ( Guardian 1st April 06)
Another lyrical and gripping read from the multi-award winner, David Almond.
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Descrizione libro HODDER CHILDREN'S, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 340773847