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Moon Eyes Paperback – 15 Aug 2002
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The [adults] share in the magic, which is sophisticated but classic ... sinister power is compellingly conveyed. (The Guardian)
There is a real study of the nature of good and evil underlying the story ... a good book as well as a most unusual one. (TLS)
This book combines a wonderful suspenseful atmosphere with an intriguing tale of a girl struggling to grow up. An eerie read for any girls who long for a bit of adventure and independence (achuka)
Josephine Poole ... is expert at building up tension from small details and creating menace ... This sensitivity to the characters' own uncertainties enhances the mysteries ... but it is also what gives the books an atmosphere which is remembered long after the plot is forgotten. (Twentieth Century Children's Writers)
A classic tale of suspense by a critically acclaimed writer, about a girl in a deadly struggle to save her little brother from the diabolical force of the mysterious great dog, Moon Eyes.See all Product description
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I always remembered the line (incantation?) about waiting, whistling, & dancing together.
The reason I can't give this book 5 stars is because the current edition that I have (pictured) does not include the haunting illustrations from the older editions. Hopefully, a newer reprint will have all of the illustrations.
What time period it is set in I don't know , but it is set in an old manor house where a girl named Kate Pawley lives with her father, an artist named Hector. Hector Pawley is having trouble working on his new painting, so he goes on a holiday to Cornwall to get in touch with his karma. Kate is left at home with her mute 3 year-old brother, Thomas and strange things start happening, like when Kate discovers writing on the statue in their garden saying the cryptic message 'First We'll Wait, Then We'll Whistle , Then We'll Dance Together' and when a sinister dog named Moon-Eyes starts prowling the grounds. Thus, when a mysterious aunt named Rhoda Cantrip turns up at the house, Kate gladly invites her in.
It turns out that the dog, is Rhoda's dog and there's more to it than meets the eye. Terrifyingly, Aunt Rhoda is now trying to prize Thomas away from his sister and Kate is very protective of him. Thomas starts behaving terribly and even worse, Kate soon discovers that the very menacing Aunt Rhoda is a witch and Kate and Thomas are in a battle for their very souls.
What follows is an intriguing scenario that is part struggle for possession and battle of good and evil.
Expert at bulding up tension from small details, the story tells of Kate desperately struggling to maintain her sisterly duties by protecting Thomas and not losing him to this newcomer in their family, whilst also trying to find out Rhoda's secrets and at the same time going through the teenage stage of trying to be a grown-up and do the right thing.
There are some things, in fact a lot of things in this book you'll have to think twice about before you get. For example, once I'd finished rerading it I figured out that the dog Moon-Eyes was actually the Devil, and Thomas's as-of-yet-unheard voice evidently has some magic qualities that he and Aunt Rhoda want to control. Moon-Eyes wants their souls, Aunt Rhoda wants the house, Kate wants Thomas,
things are gonna get ugly.
Apparently the book was based upon a particularly frightening dream the author [Josephine Poole] once had that involved the house.
The unnerving thing was finding the house a week later. And like the dream, this supernatural thriller will give you a lot to think about.