- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192733192
- ISBN-13: 978-0192733191
- Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night Sky in My Head Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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'The plot is gripping from the outset and maintains tension to the end. This is a terrific début novel.' (Marilyn Brocklehurst, Children's Booksellers Choice, Bookseller)
'It's a compassionate story, gripping as well as worthy.' (Evening Standard)
Step backwards. Witness the murder. Find the truth
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But Mikey has a gift which he calls the Backwards which enables him to look into the past and see things that have happened in specific places. When he finds the courage to look at these dark and shadowy visions he begins gradually to piece together and come to terms with what happened to him and his family.
The Night Sky in my Head is a teen mystery story and an uplifting story of courage and growing up. It may well appeal particularly to readers who enjoyed Siobhan Dowd's London Eye Mystery and Mark Haddon's The Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. It keeps you turning the pages throughout to find out what is hidden in Mikey's past and how he will use that to resolve his fears and confusion and find a future for himself.
Mikey’s story has him piecing together the circumstances around his father’s disappearance. Everyone has kept many of the details from him and he doesn’t know why, but as he investigates and uses The Backwards to help him he starts to uncover things that maybe no one else know either. At the same time Mikey’s experiencing new things, making friends and finally starting to work out where he fits in the world and what he might like the future to hold.
This book has a lovely, warm feeling to it. I can understand the comparisons with both The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Skellig, I think for me it sits happily at the crossroads between the two books. I really enjoyed reading it, and have already got a couple of people in mind to recommend it to.
This unique book is original, moving and enthralling. It tells the tale of Mikey Baxter, a character you will never forget, and the story of his dad's disappearance, told as the mystery unwinds in front of Mikey's eyes.
Shy, damaged and muddled, Mikey Baxter is unlike other fourteen year old boys. He has an extraordinary gift. Mikey can go back in time and view the past and what hides in the shadows.
Now Mikey must use his gift to discover the truth behind the disappearance of his dad before the past starts to repeat itself.
Roseanna Kirby (13)
Among the book's many strengths is its moment-by-moment heightened imagery. A quick example: "The world swirls. Frost crackles up the bus-shelter glass." All the while, Hammond keeps tabs on what readers must follow in order to fit together dramatic events that are revealed to Mikey in a piecemeal of "present" and "Backwards." In this page-turner of a novel, Mikey must learn the hard way who's a "good un'" and who's a "bad `un."
A highly complex story, it's told with absorbing clarity - and although I'm an adult, I would expect young people from 12 upwards to find it a gripping read.
He has insights denied to the uninjured brain and thus he is able to make sense of the present by gradually unravelling the dark secrets of the past. It is a murder mystery with a very original twist, told with great skill and compassion.
A good story line for a first childrens novel
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