Nathan has an eerie feeling about his new hometown of Cheshunt and wonders about the strange things he sees around the town, and, while researching the town's past, he learns the truth about the evil spell that holds everyone in Cheshunt in its thrall. Reprint. AB. PW.
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Isobelle Carmody was born June 16, 1958 in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia. She is an author of science fiction and fantasy for children, young-adults and adults and best known for her Obernewtyn Chronicles, which she wrote while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing her Bachelor of Arts and subsequent journalism cadetship.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7-10-Vile odors, feral dogs, fascistic school monitors, and a demonic principal combine to convince Nathaniel, 15, that something is terribly wrong in his new town. As part of a class assignment, he probes into local history and discovers the shocking truth about the death of a school janitor years ago. The evil from that chilling incident still grips Cheshunt and is now rapidly gaining power. Nathaniel finds himself drawn to a group of misfits at school and they are soon involved in a struggle against the terrible forces that seek total control of the community. Suspense builds slowly and creates an atmosphere of grim foreboding. However, Nathaniel is the only one of the young people whose personality is distinct, and the fantasy elements in the plot are not fully developed. The principal is, of course, pure evil. The other adults are mostly unaware of the epic battle shaping up around them. Only when evil is about to triumph do the young people at last understand the true nature of their power. It is this last-minute insight, however, that makes the chilling climax a success. The message-that love, loyalty, and true friendship can conquer jealousy and hatred-will not be lost on readers. What will attract and hold them, though, are the superbly crafted elements of horror, which are the story's real strength.
Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro,
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Book Description 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. Paperback. Winner of the CBCA of the Year- Older Readers When Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs patrol the str.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 288 pages. 0.300. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140360592
Book Description Penguin Aus., 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Winner of the CBCA of the Year: Older ReadersWhen Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs patrol the streets, feral dogs roam at night, and the oppressive stench from the abattoir lingers over the school.Soon Nathanial learns that his presence is no accident. As he uncovers the dark secrets of Cheshunt's past, and event spiral desperately out of control, he and his new friends must confront phantoms from their past in the battle to stop the Gathering and its terrifying creator.'A great page-turner that is probably best read in daylight and in good company.' The Age . Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # MM-40018666
Book Description 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. Paperback. Winner of the CBCA of the Year- Older Readers When Nathanial and his mother move to the quiet, safe streets of Cheshunt, he immediately senses something wrong. Violent gangs p.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 288 pages. 0.300. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140360592