It is rare to find a novel which captures so well the changeover from child to adult, and from what is real in the mind to what is real outside. - The Times Literary Supplement The best supernatural young adult fiction around. With Stephen King power and Mahy's own class and polish. - Kirkus Review Original and unforgettable - a seamless combination of supernatural thriller and teenage love story. - The Guardian Startlingly original and refreshing -- the most powerful novel this versatile and idiosyncratic author has written - British Book News
Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated children's writers. She is the author of more than 120 titles, which have been translated into 15 different languages. Awarded the Order of New Zealand in 1993, Mahy also won many global prizes for children's writers, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.