By Arthur Slade
Wendy Lamb Books, Hardcover, 9780385730044, 192pp.
Publication Date: April 8, 2003
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW DISAPPEARS one day on a walk into Horshoe, a dust bowl farm town in Depression-era Saskatchewan. Other children go missing just as a strange man named Abram Harsich appears in town. He dazzles the townspeople with the promises of a rainmaking machine. Only Matthew’s older brother Robert seems to be able to resist Abram’s spell, and to discover what happened to Matthew and the others.
“A remarkably effective sense of atmosphere.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Choose it for science-fiction fans who are ready for something a little different.”—School Library Journal, Starred
“Beautifully written novel . . . strong character development, an authentic setting, and some genuinely spooky moments.”—VOYA, Starred
A Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature
An ALA Best Books for Young Adults
“Sparklingly original . . . heartbreakingly beautiful . . . a climax that almost takes one’s breath away.”
–The Globe and Mail