The Dark Behind the Curtain by Gillian Cross
  

The Dark Behind the Curtain

Written by Gillian Cross

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Spine tingling from start to finish, this brilliant book is shot through with menace before reaching a hugely satisfying conclusion. Colin gets mixed up in the school play by accident. In trouble for something else, doing the play is meant to be good for him. It’s a play about murder and, when in rehearsals reality begins to get dangerously like the play, everyone blames Colin. But, is it really his fault? Told from different perspectives, this is a gripping read with a very thoughtful story at its heart.

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The Dark Behind the Curtain by Gillian Cross

'This play we're doing, it's not true, is it? I mean, there never was a Sweeney Todd who killed people?' Jackus never wanted to be in the school play, but he didn't have much choice. Now he sees that what's unfolding on-stage is more than just acting, more than just pretend. Strange things are happening. Terrifying things. Ghostly footprints. Unexplained whispering. The touch of a cold hand in the shadows ...What has been woken by the play's dark words? Can Jackus stop it, or are the actors doomed to play out the tragedy to the bitter end?

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Probably the best ghost story of my childhood ... when I think back to my favourite books ever, this is one of them. Amazon reviewer compulsive reading Junior Bookshelf a thoroughly nightmarish and at the same time utterly convincing ghost story Times Educational Supplement a well-wrought plot ... vividly-drawn characters, and a unity of setting, oppressively enclosed. Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross has won numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award (now the Costa), and the Smarties Prize.

Gillian Cross has been writing children’s books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf, the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase; and the Little Rebels Award for After Tomorrow.

Read more about Gillian Cross and a Q&A with the author here.

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Format

Paperback
160 pages

Author

Gillian Cross
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Author's Website

www.gillian-cross.co.uk/mai...

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st July 2010

ISBN

9780192731630

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