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Stephen Alter is an American author, primarily of non-fiction but also of fiction, who was born and raised in India, where he grew up as the son of missionaries. Accordingly, he was a Third Culture Kid (TCK), and his writings are generally described as Indo-nostalgic.
A wonderfully rich and intelligent fantasy that weaves together the destinies of three children, through the pages of some books, an eccentric librarian and a ghostly island. The dual plot line of the mysterious South Pacific island and that of the present day has a real page-turning quality about it and is cleverly interwoven to create a fantastically imaginative fictional history. It almost seems real and authentic. Stehen Alter is undoubtedly a powerful new voice in children’s fiction. Read and enjoy.
When three children break into the town library to read from a book of sorcery, little do they realise they are about to raise the dead. But the ghosts they conjure up aren't your average ghosts. These spirits were captured long ago on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean - Ilhas dos Fantasmas - a place where the living and the dead once coexisted peacefully. But all that ended when a visiting missionary trapped the image of the spirits with a special camera nearly eighty years ago. Now confined to the pages of a few dozen library books, the ghosts must rely on the three children and a determined librarian to work out how to free them.