One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this novel won the 1981 Carnegie Medal. A boy's anger and misery about his detested new stepfather are worked out through three scarecrows in a field near his home.
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Robert Westall's first book, The Machine Gunners, was published in 1975, for which he won the Carnegie Medal. Amongst many more prizes and accolades, he won the Carnegie for the second time in 1980, with The Scarecrows. He died in 1993.Review:
"Powerfully blends an exceptionally chilling drama with a story of insight and compassion about unhappiness" -- Julia Eccleshare Guardian "Robert Westall is the father of the golden age of children's literature in this century, quite unrivalled in his sharpness of observation and pace of narrative" -- Michael Morpurgo "A brooding story about jealousy, hatred, murder and love" Parents News "A hard-hitting book ... a must-read from this ever popular author" Teaching & Learning "Atmospheric, perceptive and brilliant" Daily Echo
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Book Description Pearson Education, Oxford, 1984. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Simon loathes his new step-father and when he has to spend the holidays with his family the tension in the house is unbearable. Simon escapes to the derelict water-mill where it is so quiet and peaceful. But the mill has a troubled history which is reawakened by Simon's emotions. When three scarecrows appear it seems to Simon they are following him across the field, each day bringing something evil from the mill closer to his home. Having started them on their dreadful journey will he have the power to stop them?. Bookseller Inventory # 018307