Alchemy

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CollinsFlamingo, 2002 - Alchemy - 270 pages
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Roland has everything a young man could wish for - good looks, enough money, a cool relationship with his mother, ready wit, intelligence, a sexy girlfriend, a perfect school record. So the fact that he committed a petty crime and that, somehow, one of his teachers knows about it is something he can hardly explain to himself, let alone anyone else. The teacher, Mr Hudson, uses this knowledge to blackmail Roland into befriending the school misfit - Jess Ferret. The reason he gives is concern for her wellbeing, but even Roland finds this rather far-fetched. And when Jess doesn't respond to his confident advances, he becomes intrigued with the girl for his own reasons. Roland discovers Jess's dark secret and also finds that he has one of his own...

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Roland’s teacher blackmails him into spying on his classmate, the solitary and faintly mysterious Jessica Ferret. Roland and Jess strike up an unlikely alliance that gradually shifts as Roland grows ... Read full review

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User Review  - maureene87 - LibraryThing

I’ve been trying to find copies of the Mahy books I haven’t read. So far, none of them have struck me quite as much as The Tricksters or The Changeover, though Alchemy was nice. [Jan 2011] Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Margaret Mahy was born in New Zealand and has loved telling stories all her life. She has published well over a hundred titles and won several major prizes and awards, including The Order of New Zealand, for her internationally-acclaimed contribution to children's literature. She has twice won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, (The Haunting, 1982, and The Changeover, 1984).Margaret lives in the South Island of New Zealand, in a house which she partially built herself, overlooking Governor's Bay.

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