Murkmere (Paperback)Patricia Elliott (author)
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Aggie's life in the village with her aunt is as normal as can be. She has never questioned the rule of the Ministration, or the power of the divine beings - the birds. Then she is sent for by the Master of Murkmere, the great house nearby, who wishes her to be companion to his ward, Leah. Needing the money, Aggie reluctantly leaves her aunt and enters a new life.
But all is not well up at the house. The Master is crippled and unhappy, trapped in a wheelchair, hemmed in with bars, for others' safety, as well as his own. Life is ruled by the steward, Silas, who fascinates and repels Aggie in equal measure. And Leah - the strangest of them all - challenges everything Aggie has ever been taught.
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 196 x 127 x 23 mm
The plot is consistantly compelling and it never falters -- Aisling O'Donoghue, aged 15 * Irish News (Belfast) *
A well-sustained fantasy with an intriguing plot and strong sense of place and time * School Librarian *
Elliott drops clever clues into her narrative and builds a suspenseful atmosphere...a well-sustained and spooky fantasy with an absorbing plot and a strong sense of character, place and time... A believable and shivery read. * Young Post in Honk Kong *
The story left me in suspense right until the very end and then told me everything -- Katie Atkinson, aged 10 * AQUILA *
This book was brilliant -- really reall good! The plot carried you through -- you couldn't put it down. Spooky! Read it! -- Paula McGuire, Holy Rood High * Teen Titles *
Elements of the fairytale combine with the darker side of human nature to make this book something oout of the ordinary * Newbury Weekly News *
Wonderful...this elegantly written and very atmospheric book will intrigue readers of ten plus * TES Teacher *
Patricia Elliott has an eviable way with words, a gift for the creation of memorable characters and an ability to keep the story going at a steady and unflagging pace * INIS *
A superbly written enchanting tale that keeps you hooked to the last page * The Eternal Night *
Compelling...vivid...rich * SFX Magazine *
Fraught with fenland mist and magic, this supernatural thriller ... is compassionate and original. * The Times *
An absorbing coming-of-age tale ... a gripping story. * Starred review, Publishers Weekly *
Compelling ... a salutary reminder to keep an eye on the children's bookshelves. * SFX magazine *
A well-sustained fantasy with an intriguing plot and strong sense of place and time. * School Librarian *
wonderful ... elegantly written and very atmospheric * TES Teacher *
This book was brilliant - really, really good! The plot carried you through - you couldn't put it down. Spooky! Read it! * Teen Titles *
Ambergate: 'This is a beautiful, compelling novel.' * Guardian *
Praise for The Ice Boy: 'A remarkable first novel ... here is a writer whom you can trust.' * Armadillo *
Elliott is one of [the Fidler Award's] worthiest winners. This atmospheric debut novel [is] heavy on Kleenex * The Glasgow Herald *
The standard of writing displayed by the winners of the Fidler Award is high, and 'The Ice Boy' is no exception. * Writers' News *
I've just read this book, which is sooo good ... I couldn't put it down. * Mizz magazine reader review *
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