Murkmere by Patricia Elliott
  

Synopsis

Murkmere by Patricia Elliott

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.

Reviews

Fraught with fenland mist and magicm this supernatural thriller, set in a parallel world, is compassionate and original The Times 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.

'A remarkable first novel ... here is a writer whom you can trust.'

[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

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About the Author

Patricia Elliott
Patricia Elliott was born in London, but grew up in Europe and the Far East. A voracious reader since childhood (where she had the resources of ten different school libraries), she also made up ghost stories to scare her friends! As an adult, she worked in publishing in London and in a children's bookshop in New York. She now teaches a course in children's literature at an adult education college, and is writing further novels. She lives in Barnes with her husband and two sons. Her first book, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a first novel, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the West Sussex award. Her second novel, Murkmere, has recently been longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
352 pages
Interest Age: From 11 To 99

Author

Patricia Elliott
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Author's Website

www.patriciaelliott.co.uk

Publisher

Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

13th May 2004

ISBN

9780340877906


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