Whispers in the Graveyard

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Egmont Books, Limited, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 181 pages
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Whispers in the Graveyard is the gripping, haunting story from Carnegie Medal winner Theresa Breslin.

Solomon is bullied by his teachers and feels let down by his parents: his father drinks too much and his mother has left him. His refuge is in the local kirkyard among ancient graves that lie in the shadow of the rowan tree, the only thing that grows there. Then workmen uproot the tree and as it decays a strange power is unleashed. Solomon hears whispers and first-grader Amy Miller dreams of a strange lady with an alluring song. Solomon finds out the kirkyard was both the site of a witch hunt and the burial place for small pox victims. Did the witch leave a curse for the miller’s descendants? Solomon must uncover the mysteries of the past and save Amy.

The powerful story of a boy failed by his teachers and parents, fighting against his inner demons while trying to save a young girl. Theresa Breslin’s story is not only a beautifully crafted thriller, but also a book about dyslexia and Solomon’s battle with a learning difficulty.

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

Fast and dark, this young adult novel touches on quite a few adult subjects, including learning disabilities, death, separated parents, and alcoholism. With so much darkness, even in the midst of ... Read full review

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User Review  - BFCJan08 - LibraryThing

This classic book - winner of the Carnegie Medal - has been reissued for a fresh generation of readers. It is the story of Solomon, a boy who struggles with dyslexia and feels that his teachers and ... Read full review


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Theresa Breslin Theresa Breslin lives in Scotland where she can indulge her love of history by exploring ruined castles, Roman remains and ancient burial grounds. She loves to travel and her books have been translated into many languages, and filmed for television and dramatised on radio. Theresa writes with a passion. She is a superb storyteller who cleverly enables her readers to stand in the shoes of her characters and see what it really feels like to be fighting against the odds. Theresa won the Carnegie Medal for Whispers in the Graveyard and the Kathleen Fidler award for Simon’s Challenge, which was also televised. Kezzie was shortlisted for the Federation of Children’s Book Group Award, was serialised in My Weekly and televised by BBC Scotland. Its sequel A Homecoming for Kezzie was also serialised in My Weekly. She has also written Death or Glory Boys, Remembrance and, for younger readers, Blair the Winner!, Name Games and the Dream Master series. Her latest novel The Medici Seal has received wide acclaim.

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