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Somewhere among the buildings there were footsteps. Walking quick and light. Philip twitched with fright, and a cold shiver slithered up his back like a snake biting the back of his head, so that his hair stood up cold in the heat. Philip and Shanya are lost in a long-dead ancient city. There is no help here, or in the mountains behind, or in the desert or the scientific camp where last night there were Philip's father, and Shanya's father, and others. In the morning, everyone is mysteriously gone. Now, in the city, they come upon a small animal, seated by a fire. And, to their horror, the animal speaks to them, saying it is Philip's father...
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Mayne is always full of surprises, uncompromising and powerful in his use of language and image, and this book is no exception (TES Teacher)
Strange and haunting ... the language resonates after the page is turned (Armadillo)
William Mayne is always full of surprises, uncompromising and powerful in his use of language and image, and this book is no exception (TES)
Mayne, at his best, is the best children's writer living (The Daily Telegraph)
... no one writes as he does. He remains a complete original, a damn-your-eyes individualist ... never less than true to his material. (Jan Mark, TES)
If it comes to naming our most prestigious living writer for the young, it has to be William Mayne. (The Observer)
He is the most versatile and experienced of writers for children in this country, wise, good and passionately honest. (The Times)
In sheer artistry, Mayne is still ahead of the game, the most original story-teller of the last half-century. (The School Librarian)
The most original writer for children in the land. (The Times)
... a superb, unconventional writer. (Guardian Education)
Publication coincides with the promotional hardback edition of Mayne's A SWARM IN MAY, raising his profile in the wake of the successful THE WORM IN THE WELL.
A more light-hearted, accessible story brings this master storyteller to a wider audience.
Hugely entertaining with a sideways, quirky humour - Mayne's highly original, witty style.
Shows off to best advantage Mayne’s unique, rich command of language, full of twists and turns and odd quirks and angles of perception and deception.
Ideal for attaining the literacy targets for Key Stage 2 and 3.
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