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.
David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children`s Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children`s Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, KIT`S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. THE FIRE-EATERS won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. David is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children`s authors writing today, and his books are bestsellers all over the world. He lives with his family in Northumberland.
An effective, engaging story.
The Scottish Sunday Herald