“In his second novel, Marcus Sedgwick shows the potential of a young Alan Garner.”
The Sunday Telegraph
“This is another story from a writer who is increasingly making a name for himself. A compelling novel.”
The Independent – Best 50 new books for children
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A present-day boy, a seventeenth-century girl, an ancient crone: for a single moment, their lives are fused by fire. A tense, brilliant and eerie novel, nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award.
The fire was a family tragedy that Jamie can’t forget, even in his dreams. And now there is something terrifying happening to him in Crownhill, the village where he’s been sent to get over his problems. Something to do with an evil old witch who gets into his nightmares, and a frightened girl, the victim of a long-ago witch hunt, whose presence lingers on . . .
As the dark secrets of Crownhill are revealed, Jamie has to confront his worst fears in order to free himself from the horrors of the past.
Shortlisted for The Edgar Allan Poe Award, The Independent Reading Association/American Libraries Association Award and The Portsmouth Book Award