While trying to take a photograph by night, Charlies sees what he thinks to be an otter swimming in the river, but when Peter, also known by many others as "Evil Eye," suddenly appears, Charlie takes note that the otter's tracks lead to Peter's yard.
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Gillian Cross is one of Britain's most prominent children's authors. She has won both the major awards - the Whitbread Children's Novel Award and the Carnegie Medal - and many others.From Publishers Weekly:
From the author of Wolf and Chartbreaker comes a spellbinding novel of emotional suspense, spiked with a highly British sort of magical realism. A chain of coincidences leads happy-go-lucky aspiring photographer Charlie Willcox into an edgy friendship with fellow students Jennifer Luttrell and her peculiar younger brother Peter, whose eccentricities have earned him the enmity of his schoolmates. Charlie soon realizes that the Luttrell children are each in their own way victims of their father's near-maniacal obsession with control. While Jennifer seeks to stave off their father's rages by solving problems before they occur, Peter?awkward and accident-prone?has developed an eerier defense: he transforms himself into a creature that embodies all the qualities his family fears. When matters at home and at school come to an ugly pass for Peter, Charlie is forced to step in. Adding still more depth to an already persuasive tale, Charlie's insight into the Luttrell family expands in tandem with his perception of himself as an artist and an individual. With its intricate construction and its poignantly recognizable characters, this thought-provoking story will linger long in the reader's mind. Ages 12-up.
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Book Description Holiday House, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Holiday House 1996 Junior Library Guild hardcover, fine pictorial boards in dust jacket, in excellent condition Prompt, reliable service, shipped next business day. Int'l mailed via first class or priority. Bookseller Inventory # 0111H392405
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