The Seeing by Diana Hendry

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Scottish Children’s Book Award & for the Costa Children's Book Awards 2012

Award-winning Diana Hendry brilliantly creates a web of intrigue that is totally plausible to its young creator. In post-war England Natalie, growing up poor and unhappy after her father disappeared in a prisoner of war camp, convinces herself that there are still some Nazis left inEngland. Her identification method is simple; she lets her strange younger brother Philip, whom she claims has second sight, ‘see’ them. Bored and lonely, Lizzie gets sucked into newcomer Natalie’s plans and only too late realises that everything is spinning completely out of control. Tautly told, this is a hard hitting story which, like Anne Fine’s The Tulip Touch, explores the most extreme dangers of friendship.


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The Seeing by Diana Hendry

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Awards 2012 1953. When wild, dangerous, break-all-the-rules Natalie arrives in the quiet town of Norton, thirteen-year-old Lizzie is drawn irresistibly to the new girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Desperate for Natalie's friendship and respect, Lizzie soon discovers a side of the town - and of herself - that she had never imagined. As the girls grow closer, Natalie and her strange, eerie brother, Philip, reveal a shocking secret. For Philip has a second sight, and all around them he sees evil - 'left-over Nazis' lying in wait until the time is right for revenge. Natalie and Philip believe it's up to them to root these people out of Norton. Lizzie is swept up in what starts as a thrilling game - but the consequences of Philip's 'gift' quickly spiral into disaster. This is a chilling, powerful tale from Whitbread Award-winner Diana Hendry.

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This novel is a powerful return, after a 10-year gap, for Whitbread-winning Hendry ... With a surprising denouement, this is an intriguing, atmospheric and memorable tale -- Nicolette Jones Sunday Times A dark and memorable novel ... This wise and unsettling tale will captivate discerning readers of any age. The book builds to a dark, destructive ending, but what you remember are the memorable, finely drawn and vivid characters - and the fractured time in which they are growing up Telegraph This thoughtful, rather lyrical story resonates with topical and timeless references Independent on Sunday The pacing is perfect, with highly dramatic moments broken up by some gorgeous prose ... One of the most dramatic and shocking endings I've ever read in a novel ... definitely my favourite read of 2012 so far Writing From The Tub An intense, eerie tale -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

About the Author

Diana Hendry was born in Wirral and grew up by the sea. She has published more than forty books for children and teenagers. She won a Whitbread Award for Harvey Angell and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award for Harvey Angell Beats Time. One of her picture books, The Very Noisy Night, was adapted into a show by Blunderbus Theatre Company. Diana has also written four poetry collections for adults and children. She regularly tutors a group of teenagers at the Arvon Foundation's centre in Moniack Mhor. She lives in Edinburgh.

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176 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

4th July 2013




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