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Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Award-winning Berlie Doherty tells a mysterious and romantic ghost story set on a wild and uninhabited island. Grieving Ellie is swept off to a special island belonging to a family she hardly knows at a time when she needs a way of resolving her great grief and rage at her parents’ divorce. Terrified when she is left alone on the island, Ellie’s experiences of nature and of her meeting a ghostly girl who once lived on the island change her perspective and give her space to heal.
It was a seascape, moody with rocks and cliffs and wild showers of spray. Ellie's own reflection was drawn into it, like a ghost image among the lights and shadows. 'That's our island,' Morag said. 'It looks mysterious.' 'It is. That's where we're going tomorrow.' Ellie is excited to be going with Morag's family to their beautiful island, but when she finds herself abandoned there, things begin to change. Footsteps, shadows, strange lights, a haunting song; more and more she becomes aware that she is not really on her own.
We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence. Sunday Telegraph
|Publication date:||3rd October 2013|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
Berlie Doherty is one of the UK’s favourite children’s authors. She has been writing for over twenty years and is published in more than twenty languages. She is a prolific writer of novels, storybooks, picture books, and plays. Berlie lives in Derbyshire. To read a question and answer session with Berlie Doherty please click here.More About Berlie Doherty