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5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem. Deserves a readership beyond the teenage market., 3 Aug. 2001
One of the most gripping, terrifying, utterly engrossing books I've ever come across, this is one of Wynne Jones' works for teenagers but it deserves to be read by adults young and old alike. Jones blends the modern tale of youth and adolescent desire with folklore, magical tradition, faery and fantasy to create one of the most sophisticated yet readable books charting the perils and joys of growing up. With its touches of horror-story and romance, its vivid portrayal of emotion, and, above all, its utterly compelling characters, this book should come to be a classic of teenage fiction. It's one of the few books that can be read over and over again, as the complexities (particularly at the end of the book) crystalise with repeated reading.