Midnight's Choice (The Switchers Trilogy)

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There's something strange about Martin, and Tess can't work out what it is. He's a Switcher, with the same amazing powers that she has, but there's a sinister side to him. As Tess begins to unravel the awful secret Martin is hiding, she is dragged into the dark night-time world in which he lurks.

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Switchers, the first children's book by Kate Thompson, was an immediate success, piling up rave reviews and making its way onto the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize shortlist. Midnight's Choice is the second book in the trilogy and picks up where Switchers left off. Tess, now at ease with her ability to change her form into that of any animal she chooses, befriends another Switcher, Martin, who uses his mystical powers for far darker ends than Tess could have imagined possible. Drawn into her new companion's sinister, twilight world, she discovers a way of life which is at once terrifying and seductive. It is only when she is forced to make a choice between good and evil that she realises things are never as clear cut as they seem and faces a battle, not only with the darkness, but with her own, newfound, self.

An overwhelming, mysterious novel which delves deep into the mind and soul, Midnight's Choice tells a spellbinding story which takes the reader to the heart of an oppressive and chilling world where a sense of impending danger lurks around every corner, and cleverly unites the elements of fantasy and reality in one fast-paced, utterly mesmerising book. (Ages 10 ands over). --Susan Harrison

About the Author:

Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today. A born storyteller, her work is highly original and she is thought provoking in her ideas. She has travelled widely in the USA and India and studied law in London. After living in County Clare, she moved to Kinvara in County Galway and there, she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments.

Kate is the only author to win the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award four times - in 2002 for The Beguilers, in 2003 for The Alchemist's Apprentice, in 2004 for Annan Water and in 2006 for The New Policeman.

The New Policeman also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2005, the Whitbread Book Award Children's category 2005, the Children's Book of the Year in the Irish Book Awards in March 2006 and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

In 2008 Kate was again shortlisted for the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Award for her book, The Last of the High Kings, a beautiful and haunting story that delves deep into the magic of Irish myth and folklore.

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