Brilliant new novel from the highly-acclaimed author of BREATHE (which won the 2007 Calderdale Teenage Book Award). ANGEL was widely praised on hardback publication, garnering such accolades as: 'McNish's outstanding prose is married to a suspenseful plot and a quiet humour' (The Times). A novel about obsession - a theme that will strike strong chords with teenage readers. All the originality and inventiveness of McNish's vividly realised fantasy worlds combined with a contemporary, realistic setting. Powerful insights into teenage life: family, friends, school, bullying. Familiar ingredients are shown from a fresh, unique perspective. Angels fascinate all readers - this book takes a look at all aspects of angel mythology and history.
Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His first novel, THE DOOMSPELL, began as a story told to his daughter, Rachel, and the complete Doomspell trilogy has now sold nearly 300,000 copies in the UK, and has been published around the world. It was followed by the highly successful The Silver Sequence. Cliff's reputation as a major children's writer enhances with each new book, and his first stand-alone novel, BREATHE, received universal acclaim on publication in 2006.
Gr 8-10-Mixing fantasy with brutal reality, McNish's novel is disturbing as well as moving. Freya, an angel-obsessed 14-year-old, has recently been released from a mental hospital, free to attend public school. Her 16-year-old brother, Luke, cautions her about the popular girls who have befriended her. From personal experience, he has seen how vicious they can be to those who step out on their own for any reason. Beyond his warning, Luke is not able to help Freya negotiate the world of high school because of problems of his own, including harsh bullies and his knowledge of their father's serious illness. It is gradually revealed that Freya, inexplicably, is part angel herself and, as the story progresses, she becomes more and more angel-like; she is eventually given the task of being a guardian to a number of human wards. While there are important and well-developed messages within this narrative, there are too many subplots for them to be effective: verbal bullying by girls, physical bullying by boys, fantasy that is just this side of reality, and illness of a parent to name the most evident. The writing is clear, and Freya and Luke are well developed, although the minor characters are little more than stereotypes. The busyness of the plot notwithstanding, McNish is an author to watch.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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