Written by Linda Newbery
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This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read about a 13 year old boy's search for identity by the winner of the 2006 Costa Children's Book Award. Hal's exclusion from school leads him to a period of discovery and reflection down on the coast with a great aunt. Here his anger subsides and his thoughts are for his father he's never met. Down on the beach he hears voices and is sure he sees someone - he's certain it's his father, but is it? Newbery is an incredibly accomplished children's novelist and this one, written with sparing prose brilliantly captures the highs and lows of a boy leading into adolescence. That said, girls will devour it too.
The Sandfather by Linda Newbery
Hal's life is in upheaval. Trouble at school; problems at home; a quarrel with friends. Then Hal is sent to his grandfather's seaside home.
Since no one will tell him the truth, Hal is determined to find out for himself. Will his elusive father ever come into his life? Is he any more substantial than the sandfather, blurred and dissolved by the incoming tide?
'This is a gripping, fast-paced and at times heart-stopping read...'
'A lovely kitchen sink drama, easy to read, but with the level of underlying sophistication you will only find in the best of writers'
'This is a haunting tale of a displaced boy trying to find an identity that's both enjoyable and realistic'
'Touching and enjoyable'
& ARGUS Newbery conveys the teenage angst of not belonging with perception and sensitivity, and the story ends on a satisfying high note -- Sally Morris THE DAILY MAIL 'A gripping, fast-paced read
'A good novel which establishes a solid and engrossing world full of characters you care about. From the gripping first sentence to the satisfying ending, it is a story to believe in '
'A moving story... gripping'
& URCHINS 'Wonderfully atmospheric and moving
'An Intense and excitingly paced story'
'A wonderful story with lots of atmosphere'
'A good novel which establishes a solid and engrossing world full of characters you care about... from the gripping first sentence to the satisfying ending, it's a story to believe in'
'You know that a book by Linda Newbery will be well crafted, with a compelling plot, well drawn characters, and evocative descriptions of place. She loves playing with words and ideas, and has the rare ability to get inside the head of a teenager and be fascinated by what happens there'
'A touching and enjoyable read'
'S WAY 'An enjoyable read'
'Newbery creates a strong sense of place - you can smell the sea-weed-in this story as Hal makes discoveries that change his life'
'A heart-rending and candid search for identity'
'This is a tense, atmospheric, page-turning new novel'
'Linda Newbery's writing is engaging and addictive... a real page turner'
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