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  • Published: 5 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780143318347
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $21.00

Halfmen Of O

The O Trilogy Volume 1




The arresting first volume of Maurice Gee's classic fantasy trilogy

The first volume of Maurice Gee's acclaimed trilogy wherein Susan and Nick are transported to the terrifying land of O...
'Nick had seen the birthmark on Susan's wrist. It had two parts. Each was shaped like a tear drop, curved like a moon. One was bright red and the other golden brown.'
Susan had always been a bit odd and never really got on with her cousin Nick, but the mark on her wrist draws them together in a frightening adventure. They are summoned to the beautiful land of O in a last-ditch attempt to save the planet from cruel Otis Claw and his followers, the evil Halfmen, who have lost every trace of human goodness and kindness.

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  • Pub date: 5 October 2005
  • ISBN: 9780143318347
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $21.00

About the Author

Maurice Gee

Maurice Gee has long been considered one of New Zealand's finest writers. He has written more than thirty books for adults and young adults and has won numerous literary awards, including the UK's James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, the Wattie Award, the Deutz Medal for Fiction, the New Zealand Fiction Award and the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award. In 2003 he received an inaugural New Zealand Icon Award and in 2004 he received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. Maurice Gee's novels include The Plumb Trilogy, Going West, Prowlers, Live Bodies and The Scornful Moon. He has also written a number of much-loved children's novels, including Under the Mountain, The O Trilogy and The Salt Trilogy. Maurice lives in Nelson, in New Zealand's South Island, with his wife Margareta, and has two daughters and a son.

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Praise for Halfmen Of O

“Gee is the Hemingway of children’s adventure/fantasy writing. His sentences are short and sharp but they hit the spot.”

Megan Dunn, The Sapling

“This award-winning good/evil, light/dark fantasy is from the same author as Under the Mountain and is as inventive and compelling as its predecessor. Susan Ferris bears the wrist mark of the two halves of the stone, which must be combined as one if it is to release the peoples of Manhome from the overwhelming, mindless evil which smothers them in the person of Otis Claw and his sycophantic henchman Odo Cling. Susan and her cousin Nick's quest amongst Birdfolk, Stonefolk, Seafolk. Woodlanders and the ferocious Bloodcat makes for stimulating, if bloodthirsty, reading, Maurice Gee is a storyteller with a very creative gift which we as teachers would do well to share with young readers.”

David Bennett, Books for Keeps

“This is a classic New Zealand novel...If you like action, adventure, tension and goodies verse baddies you will enjoy this story.”

Amy, Good Reads

“This is epic children's fantasy at its best. The plotting and pacing is tight and the world-building surprisingly good, ranging from a claustrophobic and grey moonscape of pitted plateaus populated by grey-skinned creatures, to woodlands of furred people, eyries of birdmen, grottos of eyeless creatures, and talking seals.”

Emkoshka, Good Reads

“...super exciting with strong female characters!”

Ajm, Good Reads

“When I read it the first time I was 9 years old, and I just loved it. I've read it countless times after that.”

Stine, Good Reads

“My Grade 4 teacher read this to our class nearly 30 years ago now...Every sentence is well crafted, the characters are engaging, and it is deserving of its New Zealand Children's Book of the Year win.”

Rosemary, Good Reads

“Fantastic series for Young Adults aged 10-14. Really enjoyable.”

Sinistra, Good Reads

“Gee writes with a bright and intensive style that is both arresting and poetic, yet never overly dragged out, whether describing his characters, the fantastic vistas of the world of O, the evil Halfmen or even moments of high drama and action. One of my major issues with a lot of children's books is that there is far too much a feeling of safety, a feeling that nothing bad can be allowed to happen. Gee's style however is so intensive it gives urgency to many scenes and a profound sense of immediacy to the action.”

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