By Linda Newbery
(David Fickling Books, Library Binding, 9780375936173, 208pp.)
Publication Date: March 11, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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New house, new school, new friends–but Matt Lanchester knows it won’t all be that easy when he moves to the town of Hay-on-Wye. Almost as soon as he arrives, he is drawn into a mystery when he sees a roadside memorial marked by a little wooden cross with the initials M.L. carved into it. His initials! Then he meets Robbo and Tig and Old Wil Jones and his wife, Gwynnie. There’s history here and a well-kept village secret–and Matt is desperate to find out more.
Linda Newbery, winner of the prestigious Costa Award for Children’s Literature, effortlessly mixes the old with the new, the past with the present, tragedy with triumph in this hauntingly beautiful novel.
Linda Newbery is the acclaimed author of At the Firefly Gate, Sisterland, The Shell House, and Set in Stone, winner of the Costa Award for children’s literature. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats.
Starred review, Publishers Weekly, March 31, 2008:
"With its imaginative melding of present-day concerns, good storytelling, lush descriptions of the landscape and even a faithful dog, this novel will ensnare readers.”