Winner of the 1982 Carnegie Medal, The Haunting is a timeless classic repackaged for a new generation of readers.'Strong and terrifying . . . The novel winds up like a spring. A psychological thriller.' Times Literary Supplement
"You're really starting to look haunted, you know . . . sort of yellowish and transparent like cooking oil, and your eyes are funny."
Eight-year-old Barney has been haunted before. He thought it was something he'd just grow out of, like the imaginary friends his step-mother believes he has. But this time it's different. Footsteps follow him, there's a demanding voice barking orders, and Barney begins to feel that sometimes his body is not his own at all . . .
With the help of his sisters, Tabitha and Troy, Barney sets out to uncover the truth about their family secrets and to find out once and for all who is haunting him.
The Haunting is a thrilling ghost story about a 'mostly ordinary' family and a secret legacy.
'Mahy projects the haunting with such imaginative force and seriousness that you'll hear those footsteps and that husky voice as Barney does' Kirkus
Supernatural happenings and psychic powers, all packed into a ghost story that holds us until the last page is turned. - New York Times Book Review
Most compellingly, Mahy projects the haunting with such imaginative force and seriousness that you'll hear those footsteps and that husky voice as Barney does - Kirkus Review
Margaret Mahy's many books - picture books, short stories, and fiction for teenagers as well as younger children - have been hugely successful all round the world and she is indisputably one of the most popular and successful twentieth-century children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal and many other awards, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lived in New Zealand until her death in 2012.