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Waterslain Angels

Kevin Crossley-Holland

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Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

Looking for angels - a story of detection set in 1950s Norfolk.

In the village of Waterslain in Norfolk, in the 1950s, a fragment from a carved angel's wing is discovered. Maybe the wooden angels that once supported the church roof were not, after all, destroyed centuries ago, but spirited away to safety. Two children decide to find them.

There are few clues, but a strange inscription on the church wall leads them into terrifying places - up to the top of the church tower, down a
tunnel where they are nearly drowned. Annie dreams of the man who was sent in by Cromwell to smash up the church, and of angels flying and falling. For Sandy, whose father, an American airman, was recently killed, the angels bring comfort. The whereabouts of the angels becomes clear to them - but then they discover that other people are hunting for them, and are determined to stop the children at all costs.

The friendship between the boy adjusting to a new life in his mother's village, and the girl whose family have always lived on their remote farm, the haunting atmosphere of the Norfolk saltmarshes, and the strong sense of the past still present, give richness to a tense and fast-paced story of detection for younger readers.

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy was translated into twenty-three languages, and has sold over one million copies worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries across the country. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is currently President-Elect of the School Library Association. His novel Bracelet of Bones was published by Quercus in 2011.

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