A teenage girl in Sydney, Australia, records how her family is devasted by her older sister's death and by the bizarre behavior of her gifted younger brother, who seems to be possessed by a coldly unfeeling entity.
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Grade 7-10-- From Australia comes this tense, involving story of child-prodigy Sam's retreat into another personality one year after the death of his beloved oldest sister. The family was going to the cemetery, 14-year-old Beth tells readers, when Sam suddenly refuses to go and retreats into his bedroom cupboard where he becomes Del-Del. Day by day, there's less of Sam and more of the cold, calculating Del-Del, whose frightening influence nearly destroys a family already damaged by their inability to cope with grief. As Beth's father and mother fight with each other and alternately plead with and badger Sam/Del-Del, Beth fears that they will lose him entirely. From nailing up the cupboard to having an exorcist in and taking him away from the house, the family tries to drive out what seems to be an alien presence, and at one point seems to have succeeded. Then, afraid to tell her pressured family the truth, Beth kidnaps her brother, driving with him to a rain-drenched cliff where she is nearly killed and only Sam (not Del-Del) can save her. It's a riveting ending. Although some scenes are overlong, the tension holds throughout, with sharp-edged dialogue, well-delineated characters, and strong family dynamics. A psychological thriller that's guaranteed to hold readers' attention. --Sara Miller, Nassau Library System, NY
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Sam is seven, brilliant, and deeply disturbed by the death of his sister Laura. Quiet remaining sister Beth--neither brilliant nor beautiful--watches helplessly as he is possessed by Del-Del, a coldly mocking creature. At first this creature seems to be demonic--an exorcist tracks it to its lair in Sam's computer; then Del-Del is revealed as an alien from the constellation Delphinus, pure thought winged across the galaxy. Finally, with their parents near divorce and the family in uproar, Beth realizes the truth: Del-Del is the cold, hard place in Sam's mind that he has created to conceal his grief. In trying to free Sam, Beth has a serious accident. She promises that if she lives Del-Del will be gone. She does; he is. The songs Del-Del mockingly sings are all about death--``Who Killed Cock Robin?''; ``Ding Dong Bell, Pussy's in the Well''- -giving both readers and Sam's parents ample clues to Sam's real trouble. Still, it can be easier to believe in demons than in the depths of young grief. A well-plotted and engrossing portrayal of a child's inability to cope with death, from an Australian whose novels have consistently been of interest (Baily's Bones). (Fiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Red Fox, London, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: Good (ex-library). 195 pages. Tanned pages. Clear, self-adhesive laminate to covers/boards. Light soiling to edges. Ex-library with usual marks, stamps, stickers. A psychological thriller which was shortlisted for the 1991 Carnegie Medal. Possession is a chilling phenomenon, and Beth's family is rocked into a nightmare world when her young brother becomes inhabited by a spirit called Del-Del. Cold, murderous and evil, Del-Del wants only to destroy. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Children & Young Adult; Teenage Fiction; ISBN: 0099182718. ISBN/EAN: 9780099182719. Inventory No: 12072200. The photo of this book is of the actual book for sale. Bookseller Inventory # 12072200