An ancient stone circle at the heart of a spell-binding blend of contemporary reality and fantasy from an award-winning writer.
It is mid-July, the time of year governed by Cancer - the moon's sign. David's archaeologist father is excavating a Roman mosaic found in Yorkshire. David becomes fascinated by an ancient stone circle on a nearby hillside, but his interest turns to a pervading fear when he touches the stones and gets a powerful electric shock. He befriends Westwood, who has a theory that the stones were used in ancient times to call forth water by chanting 'til the vibrations hit a powerful resonating note. Hence the name 'weeping stones'. And after centuries asleep, something has re-activated them.
David's father dismisses Westwood as an eccentric dabbler, and the townspeople throw him out as suspicious and untrustworthy. But Westwood's theory predicts a catastrophic flood - unless David can convince everyone of the stones' extraordinary force, find out what has woken them and turn the power back ...
First published in 1975 by Jonathan Cape Ltd.
a good story that holds the reader to the end - More Books to Enjoy 12-16, SLA 2000
another imaginative tale by this award-winning children's author - Belfast Telegraph, 1st April 2000
THE BURNING: 'The insidiousness of evil is beautifully handled in Allen's exploration of jealousy and revenge.' - Janni Howker in TES
The writing style is exceptional ... Highly recommended, school libraries should add THE BURNING to their collection and explore other titles by this gifted author. - Beth Ashworth, Teacher Librarian, Fiction Focus
LORD OF THE DANCE: 'An intriguing and well written psychological novel.' - The Northern Echo
THE BURNING: 'The writing is tense and the complex plotting assured, which adds up to an exciting, imaginative tale . . . ' - BfK
LORD OF THE DANCE: 'This is a fascinating book which will not remain long on the shelves but should certainly be available for young teenage readers.' - The School Librarian
THE SPRING ON THE MOUNTAIN: 'Unusual ... with moments of real beauty.' - Junior Bookshelf
Judy Allen's Awaiting Developments won the Whitbread Award, the Friends of the Earth Earthworm Award, and was commended for the Carnegie Medal. Author of more than 30 books for children published to critical acclaim - and frequently reaching prize shortlists - she also writes for radio; 5 plays for BBC Radio 4, dramatisations of The Secret Garden, Tom's Midnight Garden, and Philippa Pearce for BBC Radio. Her award-winning adult fiction December Flower was televised by Granada in 1985, adapted for BBC Radio and televised in the US.