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A Fantasy Novel by James Norcliffe involving Enchantment, Mystery, one Garden Gnome and a Wombat's Bottom

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

    RHNZ Childrenâ??s ebooks

    304 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2010
    New Zealand Post Children's Book Award
  • 2010
    Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award

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Twice Upon a Time
The Pirates and the Nightmaker
Felix and the Red Rats
The Enchanted Flute
The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer


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