Thornhill (Hardback)
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Hardback 544 Pages / Published: 24/08/2017
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018

Shortlisted for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018

A darkly gripping tale of two girls separated by thirty years but pulled together by the looming house of Thornhill.

A true chills-down-the-spine ghost story that is equal parts Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Bronte, Alfred Hitchcock and Joan Aiken, Thornhill is a completely absorbing mystery that taps into childhood loneliness and the search for identity, with a healthy dose of heart-stopping dread thrown in for good measure.

I knew it was too good to last. She is back. Without even looking, I knew it. I heard her laughter echoing up the stairwell...

As she unpacks in her new bedroom, Ella is irresistibly drawn to the big old house that she can see out of her window. Surrounded by overgrown gardens, barbed wire fences and 'keep out' signs, it looks derelict.

But that night, a light goes on in one of the windows. And the next day she sees a girl in the grounds. Ella is hooked. The house has a story to tell. She is sure of it.

Enter Thornhill, Institute for Children, and discover the dark secrets that lie within. But once inside, will you ever leave?

Told partly through historic journal entries and partly through beautifully detailed, wordless sepia illustrations, this is an unforgettable story from a striking new talent.

'This is in one sense a classic English lonely-child-and-garden story, in the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett and Philippa Pearce; in another it's a ghost story; in another it pays tribute to the dark-sinister-house genre most famously seen in Hitchcock's Psycho. But it's also a story of friendship and courage and of the power of black-and-white images. I think it's terrific.' - Philip Pullman

British illustrator and author Pam Smy studied illustration at Cambridge School of Art where she still lectures part-time. Her work as an illustrator includes artwork for Julia Donaldson and an edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles as well as, more recently, Linda Newberry's The Brokenspectre. Thornhill is her first book as author and illustrator.

Publisher: David Fickling Books
ISBN: 9781910200612
Number of pages: 544
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm


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'Pam Smy has created a wonderful piece of work in Thornhill. The drawings are full of atmosphere, the words are full of tension and emotion all the more powerful for being so sparingly revealed. This is in one sense a classic English lonely-child-and-garden story, in the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett and Philippa Pearce; in another it's a ghost story; in another it pays tribute to the dark-sinister-house genre most famously seen in Hitchcock's Psycho. But it's also a story of friendship and courage and of the power of black-and-white images. I think it's terrific.' - Philip Pullman

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“Unique and spellbinding!”

Mary is lonely. She lives in a foster home, and having trouble speaking in front of others, she finds herself being increasingly isolated, invisible. She's being bullied, and she has nobody to talk to. So she... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
16th September 2017
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Diana O. at Aylesbury

“Perfection!”

This book was absolute perfection for me. It had the perfect balance between illustrations and text. The story is a heartbreaking tale about loneliness, friendship and longing. I read the whole thing on one sit, and... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
1st October 2017
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Leilah at Doncaster

“A beautiful, unsettling experience.”

Thornhill is quite unlike anything I have read before. Two narratives – the diary entries of Mary in 1982 and the atmospheric, black, white and grey double-spread illustrations of Ella’s life in the present day –... More

Hardback edition
30th August 2017
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