Bobby lives a reckless life in Dublin, so his mother moves the family to the Irish countryside. But Bobby suspects their cottage may not be as quaint as it seems, in this spooky novel about the darkness that lurks in forgotten corners and in tough teenagers.
I could hear Dennis talking to my ma. 'She was little,' he said. 'Little like me. But old. Older than you. Those words gave me a cold shock. I could see Dennis imagining fairies, but old ones? When Bobby's mother moves the family into a rented house in the country, a neighbour tells him that a child was once murdered there. Bobby doesn't care. All he wants is to get back to Dublin and to resume his wild life there, stealing from the crowded shopping streets and racing stolen cars at night. But getting his old life back doesn't turn out to be so easy, and the longer he spends in the old cottage, the more convinced he becomes that something very strange is going on there. Was there really a murder? And if so, was it the one he has been told about?
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"This novel will draw in reluctant readers with the mysterious supernatural elements as well as the mayhem and defiance. Once hooked, they will be moved by the way that Bobby reassesses his expectations for himself due to the kindness and mentoring of a neighbor."--Starred, "School Library Journal ""Irish author Thompson is well established as a master of supernatural stories, but she shines here in the realistic plot as well." --"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books ""True to an astonishingly amoral worldview while equally revealing of Bobby's compassion, this novel scintillates." --Starred, "Kirkus Reviews ""While . . . mysteries move the plot forward, Bobby is growing up. He comes to appreciate the rural life and country people, admiring their honesty and work ethic, even as the street life of gangs and crime loses its luster." --"Horn Book ""A unique blend of subtlety and brashness, this is an honest coming-of-age in the guise of a gripping YAy
About Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is one of the most exciting authors writing for young people today for she is a born storyteller, highly original and thought provoking in her ideas. She has travelled widely in the USA and India and studied law in London. After living in County Clare, she moved to Kinvara in County Galway and it was there that she discovered her passion for playing the fiddle. She is now an accomplished player and also has a great interest in restoring instruments. Kate is a multi-award winning author and the only author to win the Children's Books Ireland Bisto Book of the Year award four times.
Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson
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Winner of Bisto Honour Award / Gradam Feabhais Bisto 2009 Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2009 Short-listed for Bisto Book of the Year Award 2009 Short-listed for Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008
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