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A NZ Post Award winning fantasy novel for 8 to 12 year olds involving enchantment, mystery and a garden gnome.

An exciting fantasy novel for 8 to 12 year olds involving enchantment, mystery and a garden gnome.

To the boy called Red, it seems the most marvellous escape he could wish for: a gift that grants him more freedom than he ever believed possible - the chance to fly, to soar with the gulls, high over the tall brick walls that have imprisoned him for so long.

But this gift comes with a terrible price - and puts him in grave danger. Is there anyone Red can trust to help him? The curious Captain Bass who has strange powers of his own? The wildly unpredictable twin sisters he is strongly drawn to?

In this magical, mysterious story, Red's adventure is like a chamber of mirrors at a carnival - a dazzling and breathtaking tale.

'This is a rich fantasy - alive with original twists, surprises and mysteries which I dare not reveal. Children's Literature is about to be enriched with a new classic.' Margaret Mahy

Formats & editions

  • EBook


    November 1, 2011

    Random House New Zealand

    304 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Award
    Junior Fiction
  • Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award
    Storylines Notable Junior Fiction

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