By Agnew, LeonieIllustrated by Rynhart, Kieran
A fierce, spiky girl and a lonely troll form an unlikely alliance in Leonie Agnew's extraordinary novel for children aged 9 years and up. For as long as Seth can remember, he's been trapped behind the iron bars of the public gardens, desperate to explore the world outside. By day..., he's encased in a skin of stone and frozen on the riverbank as a statue of a shepherd boy. As soon has the sun has set he's free to roam the park, ravenously hungry. He is a troll, and the food he seeks is human memories. He's a monster yet, somehow, he's yearning for something more than an endless cycle of hunting and loneliness. Then he meets Stella, who has just moved to live with her grandfather in a house neighbouring the park. Her mind is sharp and quick and there's something so different about her - she's the only human Seth has met whose memories make his insides burn. He doesn't want to feed off her. He simply wants to talk to her. Maybe she can help him find another way to live? Engrossing, spine-chillingly scary and wholly original, this is a novel that grabs the reader and holds them spellbound. What terrible memory is Stella trying to escape? What are the fragments of memory that Seth is trying to put together? And is there any possibility that Seth could escape the lonely garden and start truly living?Read more
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Leonie Agnew (Author) Leonie Agnew is a New Zealand writer to watch - with each novel she explores intriguing new territory, and surprises her readers' expectations. Formerly a copywriter for ad agencies and currently a primary school teacher, Leonie's first novel, Super Finn (Scholastic, 2011) won the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon award and went on to be the 2012 Junior Fiction award and Best First Book Award at the NZPBACYA. In 2013 she was the University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence. Her second novel, Conrad Cooper's Last Stand, was published by Puffin in 2014 and won a Storylines Notable Book Award and the LIANZA Esther Glen Medal for Junior Fiction. The Impossible Boy followed in 2016, receiving a 2017 Storylines Notable Junior Fiction Award and the UK David Fickling Master of the Inkpot Award for an unpublished manuscript. Leonie lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Kieran Rynhart (Illustrator) Kieran Rynhart is a freelance illustrator who in 2010 was selected as one of Luerzers Archive Best 200 Illustrators Worldwide. He creates his beautiful, distinctive and evocative images using a mixture of traditional and digital techniques, and works on a wide range of commissions from children's picture books to commercial graphics and music videos. He is the illustrator of The New Zealand Art Activity Book by Helen Lloyd (Te Papa, 2013), If I Was a Banana by Alexandra Tylee (Gecko, 2016) and Seagull, Seagull by James K Baxter (Gecko, 2020). He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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