Nominated for the 2015 Carnegie Medal. A beautiful, haunting ghost story from the award-winning Berlie Doherty.
It was a seascape, moody with rocks and cliffs and wild showers of spray. Ellie’s own reflection was drawn into it, like a ghost image among the lights and shadows.
‘That’s our island,’ Morag said.
‘It looks mysterious.’
‘It is. That’s where we’re going tomorrow.’
Ellie is excited to be going with Morag’s family to their beautiful island, but when she finds herself abandoned there, things begin to change. Footsteps, shadows, strange lights, a haunting song; more and more she becomes aware that she is not really on her own.
'We should treasure writers like Berlie Doherty who are incapable of writing a mediocre sentence.' Sunday Telegraph
“Doherty's superb control of her material and her beautiful use of language have never more perfectly combined than in this genuinely chilling ghost story . . . Eerily atmospheric, emotionally authentic, this is a powerful and touching coming-of-age adventure with romance at its heart.”
“Haunting in every sense of the word, and full of unforgettable images”
Andrea Reece, Books for Keeps, Best Books for of the Year
“Fabulous… Berlie Doherty doesn't put a foot wrong”
“Doherty's briliantly crafted, atmospheric story is a hugely satisfying read”
Marilyn Brocklehurst, Booksellers' Choice, The Bookseller
“Doherty is a keen observer of nature and uses it to illustrate the turbulence of the teenage years with sensitivity and care”
“A beautifully written novel, which combines an evocative sense of place with a poignant tale of loss and redemption”
The School Librarian
“Beautifully written. I couldn't put the book down.”
“Amazing. I love this book. I would definitely recommend.”
Manpreet, Guardian Children's Book Site