May 2012 New Gen Book of the Month.
Best-selling author Michelle Harrison blurs the lines between being dead and alive in this brilliant, spine-tingling story of the powers of the undead. Elliott escapes death by a hair’s breadth; he’s so close to it that he draws attention to himself from the dead. From that moment on, his nights are haunted by shadowy figures and he can never sleep properly… Elliott knows he is being sucked into the spirit world. Can he keep in his world and can he keep the dead from taking over?
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliot they're terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England's most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth. There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own. She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it. And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia. Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian's spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams...
Praise for The Thirteen Treasures:
"excellent additions to the evolution of fairy-tales" The Times
"The Thirteen Treasures boils with the kind of fairy that is far worse than Puck..what could be more cheering to curl up with" - Amanda Craig
"The story itself is both dark and gripping"- thebookbag.co.uk
"This is a really exciting read, full of thrills, mysteries and menace" - Primary Times
"Flows with energy... a magical enchanting story which kept me gripped…" Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books blog
"an unmissable treat. Combining the faery of Spiderwick with a truly nail-biting thriller" - Books Monthly.co.uk
Publication date: 26/04/2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||26th April 2012|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),|
Michelle Harrison is a full-time writer. She is a former bookseller and editorial assistant. Originally from Grays in Essex, she has a degree in illustration, and lives in Oxfordshire with her partner. Her debut novel The Thirteen Treasures won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize in 2009. She has since published two sequels, The Thirteen Curses and The Thirteen Secrets. Unrest is her first novel for teens. Author Photo Credit: Charlie Hopkinson Q&A with Michelle Harrison Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words? A. I'm ...More About Michelle Harrison