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Sarah Singleton
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6 May 2008
It's the summer holidays and Amber is bored. So when she meets non-conformist Dowdie, she is bowled over. Dowdie lives in a commune known as the Community, and gradually, Amber finds herself drawn into it. She discovers that Dowdie is an Amethyst child - a child with special talents unrecognised by normal society - and that her father, James, the leader of the commune, believes Amber is one too. Meanwhile Amber also meets Johnny, a gorgeous loner who shares her interest in photography. But Johnny is very dismissive of the Community, a place Amber now holds dear. Torn between Johnny and her friend Dowdie, Amber finds herself being drawn into a world of dark and dangerous secrets. Secrets which can only end in death and disillusionment...

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416925910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416925910
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Singleton was born in Northamptonshire, studied in Nottingham and has travelled widely. She lives in Chippenham with her family and worked until recently as senior reporter for the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald. She is the author of Century, Heretic, Sacrifice and The Amethyst Child for Simon and Schuster.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Gripping 16 Dec 2008
The story starts off with Amber a teenage girl, who is looking forward to a boring summer all alone in her house while her parents are working. She has a special place where she goes down to the river each day. There she meets Dowdie who lives at the community. She teaches her things about finding herself things she never knew. This changing her life forever and puts her into a tricky situation. Along the way they meet other charaters such as Johnny but all the time it just makes it worse for Amber.

Overall I think without a doubt this book is well crafted. Especially the way the police interview is written in parallel with the story going in the present. It is an interesting and well thought out story. There are a lot of things that keep you wanting to read on, like when they find the guns and when she thinks Johnny will kill himself. You can really relate to the characters as it has things in that all teens go through. The ending is really unexpected making it such a worthwhile read. This is a gripping story and I would definately recommend it.

By: Joanne Earnshaw
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 17 May 2008
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Amethyst Child is a departure from Sarah Singleton's previous three novels, yet no less magical. Set in the present day, there are two young girls at the centre of the action, with a young boy involved as well, and adult influences. However, the adults are flawed and Singleton's great strength lies in portraying her young subjects as taking the lead and solving problems where the adults fail, something which all young readers want to hear.

Singleton tackles difficult subjects in this novel and there is one death. In common with Jacqueline Wilson and Anne Fine she shows that successful writing for a young readership does not need to avoid real life issues. As her subjects in this novel are in the fifteen to sixteen age group, older than in her previous works, we even get jealousy over a boy and a kiss.

Amethyst Child is beautifully written in the poetic and numinous style we have come to expect from Sarah. As her writing has evolved there is much to appeal to the adult reader as well as her target teen readership. She keeps the tension and suspense going right to the end and provides a satisfying ending while allowing enough unanswered questions to leave the reader wanting more. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a novel aimed at teenagers and found it a much more engaging read than Runemarks, Joanne Harris's first venture into the same market.

I may not be an Amethyst Child with the gift of foresight, but I can foresee some awards coming Sarah Singelton's way for this remarkable work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars YA book for the older market 7 July 2008
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A departure from Sarah's normal comfort zone this YA book sees characters grow and share what many would seem as life trials (such as falling out with a friend over a boy and that first kiss) which also allows the characters to take on the world where adults fail.

Key ingredients for any YA book and as such as Sarah's original audience has grown so to has her writing style which will allow the readers to keep with her allowing them to have a tale that will please everyone right up to adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 10 Sep 2009
By Aluvss
I thought this book was absolutely great. The characters are well thought and real, they have flaws and are easy to relate to. I started reading this book and couldn't put it down, a great edge of your seat kinda book.

The book starts of quite slow but after a chapter or two it gets interesting. I liked this book as it was original, to me anyway, as I havn't read anything like this before.

I'm not really into these kind of books, more into supernatural and fantasy but I really enjoyed this book and would reccommend to others.
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The Amethyst Child is about a girl called Amber, who meets a girl called Dowdie, who lives in the community. Amber and Dowdie become best friends and Dowdie tells Amber about the amethyst children. Amethyst children are children who find it hard to fit in and are really clever, but cannot show it in school. Dowdie takes Amber to the community and meets her mum and dad. Her dad is the leader of the community and was the first to hear about the amethyst children. Amber made regular visits to the community, where she can fit in. Amber meets this boy, who she introduces to Dowdie and they take him to the community. He doesn't believe in the amethyst children, so is stopped from going there. When Amber's family goes on holiday she stays at the community and discovers a dark secret and starts to go wrong. I really enjoyed this book. When I got to around the middle of the book, I found it really hard to stop reading, because I always wanted to know what happened next.
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