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The Owl Service

The Owl Service
 

Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.

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ISBN 9780008238025
Barcode 9780008238025
Published 6 July 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback, 50th Anniversary edition
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Author(s) By Garner, Alan
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ISBN-13 9780008238025
ISBN-10 0008238022
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 6 July 2017
International Publication Date 4 May 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, 50th Anniversary edition
Edition 50th Anniversary edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Category Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 141mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 350g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 745095

Description of this Book

Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to effect everybody's lives. Relentlessly, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are drawn into the replay of a tragic Welsh legend - a modern drama played out against a background of ancient jealousies. As the tension mounts, it becomes apparent that only by accepting and facing the situation can it be resolved.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review ...A rare imaginative feat and the taste that it leaves is haunting. The Observer One of the first and best [novels] for and about teenagers; it remains one of the most original and gripping ghost stories... timeless. Amanda Craig, The Times Alan Garner's The Owl Service is not meant only for children or anyone else; it's a novel; and not many better novels will be published this year...The power grows, throbs nearer, builds to unbearable tension, and comes to wild release in the last few pages. The Guardian A fascinating book... The Owl Service is a fabulous, multi-layered book of mystery and suspense. The Book Bag This book is a superb piece of architecture in which every detail plays its proper part. Growing Point

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Author's Bio

Alan Garner was born and still lives in Cheshire, an area which has had a profound effect on his writing and provided the seed of many ideas worked out in his books. His fourth book, `The Owl Service' brought Alan Garner to everyone's attention. It won two important literary prizes - The Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal - and was made into a serial by Granada Television. It has established itself as a classic and Alan Garner as a writer of great distinction.

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