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The Tricksters (Puffin Teenage Fiction) Paperback – 25 Jan 1996

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (25 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140373160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140373165
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,693,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A dazzling fantasy." TLS "Brilliantly crafted." Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An utterly compelling supernatural thriller for teenagers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is compulsive reading for anyone who has ever felt that their family doesn't understand them.
From the very first page you are drawn into Harrys world, sharing her feelings of unease at what should be an ordinary family xmas, and when the three brothers appear you share her frustrations when her family wont belive her that the brothers are not quite what they seem.
This book will draw you in and not let you go untiil you finish it.
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On the surface 'The Tricksters' would appear to be a supernatural teen romance. The large Hamilton family are staying at their summer home near the sea in some unspecified (I think) area of New Zealand. The 17-year-old middle daughter Ariadne (always known as Harry) is fed up of being the quiet, good and ignored child in the family, and pours out all her frustrated longing for love and attention into a lurid romantic fantasy novel. When she also makes the heartfelt wish to be noticed, and to know love, strange happenings are the result. Soon, the family home is invaded by three strange brothers, claiming to be travelling musicians. But who are they really? Harry soon works out that they are travelling under false names, and is suspicious at the fact that the men look so much like characters from her novel. Has she conjured them up out of her imagination? Are they some weird, three-part embodiment of the son of the house's original owner, who died in mysterious circumstances? Are they real magicians? And what is Harry to make of the fact that Felix, seemingly the nicest of the brothers, is clearly interested in her? Moreover, the most flamboyant of the brothers, Ovid, seems to have a powerful and not altogether positive effect on Harry's indulged and beautiful older sister, Christabel - and the brothers seem to have guessed Harry's family's own long-buried secret, which if uncovered could destroy the family...

It is this secret, and Mahy's profound examination of the Hamilton family emotional dynamics, that elevate this novel way above teen romance about a girl falling in love with a magical figure/ghost. The supernatural does feature large in this novel, but it's seamlessly woven into a very thoughtful and well-observed tale of a loving but ultimately rather dysfunctional family.
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I picked this book up by chance at my local library, and was instantly gripped. The resentfulness mixed with love and admiration Ariadne feels for her sisters is mirrored in most families. The supernatural element is also not comletely alien-romance, or the absence of it is a universal feeling. I have reread this book many times since I bought it, and have never got bored of it. This is the type of book that you will keep for ever and pass onto all your freinds, children and relatives until your copy is so dogeared you need to buy a new one! A must read.
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I happened upon this and found it a most page turning read: it's very well written, the family characters are real and complex, the sense of place is excellent and makes me want to go back to New Zealand and the mysterious plot is compelling and really keeps you guessing.
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This was one of my favourite books as a preteen/early teen. The story slowly unfolds to reveal the back story of the tricksters and the main protagonist left at strong impression on my that I still recall 20 odd years later. Would definitely recommend.
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