'A clammy hand pressed Laura down to her knees beside Jacko's bed. It was the hand of terror, nothing less.' It was a warning. Laura felt it when she looked in the mirror that morning. There had been others: the day her father left home, the day she met Sorensen - the boy with the strange silver eyes. But nothing had prepared Laura for the horror of today. And now her little brother, Jacko, was fighting for his life after being sucked dry of his youth by the sinister Carmody Braque. Laura knows there is only one way to save Jacko; she must join Sorensen and use his supernatural powers to change over if there is to be any hope for her little brother. 'It is rare to find a novel which captures so well the changeover from child to adult, and from what is real in the mind to what is real outside.' The Times Literary Supplement 'The best supernatural young adult fiction around. With Stephen King power and Mahy's own class and polish.' Kirkus Review
It is rare to find a novel which captures so well the changeover from child to adult, and from what is real in the mind to what is real outside. - The Times Literary Supplement The best supernatural young adult fiction around. With Stephen King power and Mahy's own class and polish. - Kirkus Review Original and unforgettable - a seamless combination of supernatural thriller and teenage love story. - The Guardian Startlingly original and refreshing -- the most powerful novel this versatile and idiosyncratic author has written - British Book News
Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated children's writers. She is the author of more than 120 titles, which have been translated into 15 different languages. Awarded the Order of New Zealand in 1993, Mahy also won many global prizes for children's writers, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.