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Silver Sequence: The Silver Child

Cliff McNish

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Silver Sequence, For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

Six unique children face a terrifying enemy in the first of a brand new fantasy sequence from best-selling Cliff McNish.

Six children leave the comfort of their homes. They are drawn to Coldharbour - an eerie wasteland of wind, rats, seagulls and rubbish tips. Emily and Freda, the twins, scuttle bright eyed and insect-like in search of the others. They find Thomas on a food tip. The gentle giant boy Walter joins them and so does Helen, who can read minds. And at the centre of it all is luminous Milo, his skin hot and bright with silver.
Each of them has a unique gift, but they must learn to use their skills fast. Drawing ever closer in a maelstrom of fury is the Roar, something vast and dreadful that wants to destroy them all. As in The Doomspell trilogy, Cliff's characters really are 'the children next door' until they discover the powers they possess and he sweeps them and the reader into his worlds of magical fantasy, writing exciting, breathtaking adventures with richly imagined, vividly drawn characters, and an infectious energy, warmth and humour. The Silver Child is book 1 in a heart-stopping new sequence.

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Praise for Silver Sequence: The Silver Child

  • Spectacular and satisfying - I was left feeling exhilarated and hungry for more. - THE GUARDIAN - Philip Ardagh

  • Startling ... the beginning of a great adventure. - DREAMWATCH

  • A beguiling story. - THE BOOKSELLER

  • A genuinely original piece of writing, strongly imagined and well-written arresting fantasy. - BOOKS FOR KEEPS

  • Irresistible ... This remarkable and original new fantasy series should appeal to a wide audience. - READING TIME

  • An amazing book, a completely original plot with some of the most intriguing characters I've ever come across. - AMAZON

  • Intriguing and original ... the characters grab your attention, and the strange entity that threatens them is full of malevolence, promising shocking adventures in the future instalments. - LIBRARY SERVICES FOR EDUCATION

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Cliff McNish

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His first book was THE DOOMSPELL, inspired by a story he told his daughter. Since then he has published THE SILVER SEQUENCE and the acclaimed stand-alone supernatural thrillers, BREATHE (winner of the Salford and Calderdale book awards), ANGEL, SAVANNAH GREY and THE HUNTING GROUND, as well as 2014's GOING HOME.

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