Glenn Jackson is thirteen and has moved with his father from Burnley to Torbeck in the Lake District. His Mum has not come with them and Glenn's father is avoiding Glenn's questions. From the moment Glenn meets Laura, quiet and overshadowed by her vindictive adoptive sister, he is bewitched.
Harlequin is a seven-foot eighteen-year-old living rough in an abandoned shack, disguising himself behind clown's make-up and an old felt hat and hiding in terror whenever the fighter jets have practice runs over Torbeck. When Harlequin rescues Glenn from falling into the old slate mine the two form an unusual friendship and Glenn comes closer to discovering the secret that Harlequin is running away from.
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"Harlequin is one of those rare characters from books that find their way right under your skin, never to leave" (Jill Murphy thebookbag.co.uk)
"In the doomed and brilliantly-drawn character of the vulnerable Harlequin, Thompson explores the consequences of cruelty and ignorance. The novel crackles with menace amidst the vividly-drawn background of a Cumbrian autumn as it hurtles to a satisfying close" ( The School Librarian)
"A tense, humane story . . . An exciting, raw read which is firmly rooting for the outsider" ( TES)
"A memorable read by a splendid writer" (Lindsey Fraser The Bookseller)
"His very modern take on Lake District life may surprise people who think they know Cumbria well . . . Gareth achieves a real tour de force in his depiction of Harlequin, a genuinely original creation . . . it's gripping stuff whatever your age . . . One day we'll see the film of this book" ( Cumbria Life)
A compelling debut novel about first love and an unlikely friendship, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Cumbrian landscape.
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Book Description Red Fox, 2007. Book Condition: New. N/A. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP71470728
Book Description Definitions, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 384 pages. 7.83x5.08x0.98 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099487659
Book Description Red Fox, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099487659