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Product Description

Luke is in trouble. Skin and the gang have a job for him. They want him to break into Mrs Little’s house and steal her jewellery box. They want him to prove that he’s got what it takes; that he’s part of the gang. But Luke finds more than just a jewellery box in the house. He finds something so magical, so rich and unexpected, that it will change his life forever… A wonderfully dramatic and compelling novel of love, loss and healing from Carnegie Medal winner Tim Bowler, filled with the sense of a universe bursting with music.

“A thundering read, full of challenging ideas, strong emotions and layers of plotting” Lindsey Fraser, The Guardian

“A thriller with a big heart and a real glimpse of the human soul, full of plot and passion, music and mystery.” Melvin Burgess, author of “Junk”

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780192755919

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Date published

June 4th, 2009

Other details
  • 336 pages
Condition

New

Author/Illustrator

Tim Bowler

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Tim Bowler is the author of many books for children, including River Boy, which won the Carnegie Medal in 1997.

More about Tim: “I live in the south-west of England in a sleepy Devon village. It’s a beautiful county and I’ve lived there since 1983. My workroom is an old stone outhouse ten minutes’ walk from my home. You can see a bit of it in the photos over to the right of this page. Family and friends call it Tim’s Bolthole. It’s situated in a quiet part of the village with nothing to hear but birdsong and the occasional snort of horses in some stables. When the weather’s fine, I take my laptop out of the bolthole and into a nearby meadow so that I can sit and write outside. It’s a lovely spot with hills rolling away into the distance, a badger sett down to the left and the tower of the village church just visible to the right. There are lots of foxes, rabbits and birds and sometimes you can see wild deer on the far slopes. It’s a great place to think and write.

Writing is my life. I have lots of things I love doing – playing sports, reading, listening to music, walking, practising yoga, translating foreign languages – but for me writing is special. I’ve written stories all my life. I’m a storyaholic. I believe in the power of stories to move us, entertain us and transform us. To me, writing is as much about listening as it is about putting down words. I start from characters and settings. If the characters and settings are strong enough, then I usually find the plot reveals itself, albeit through a sometimes laborious series of rewrites. Some people think there must be a set of rules for writing but the truth is there aren’t any. It’s more like tickling trout, holding your hand out and trying to coax the ideas to swim into your grasp; or being a potter, throwing the rough clay of your thoughts down and letting the story twist out under the palms of your hands; or being a sorcerer, stirring the cauldron of your imagination and watching the vapour of the story rise. Writing is all these things and many more. It’s something you never bottom, never crack, never stop learning about. And that’s why I love it.”

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