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The Fetch of Mardy Watt
     

The Fetch of Mardy Watt

by Charles Butler
 

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Enigmatic chiller from the author of Calypso Dreaming.Whatever spell had been put on her was growing stronger. And suddenly, rather than fear, she felt a rush of burning anger. How dare anyone do this to her! How dare anyone steal her life!Something is haunting Mardy Watt. It's been in her room, it's fooling her friends and it's upsetting her home life. And the

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Enigmatic chiller from the author of Calypso Dreaming.Whatever spell had been put on her was growing stronger. And suddenly, rather than fear, she felt a rush of burning anger. How dare anyone do this to her! How dare anyone steal her life!Something is haunting Mardy Watt. It's been in her room, it's fooling her friends and it's upsetting her home life. And the trouble is, nobody realises what is happening except Mardy herself.Exactly why the Fetch is picking on her, Mardy doesn't know – but she does know that she has to find out, before it takes over and replaces her completely.

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KLIATT
A fetch is an apparition designed to "fetch" the body of another. Mardy's fetch begins innocently, buying chocolate bars and writing in her diary, but when a mastermind plays Mardy's Reverberant Chord (a harmonious fingerprint), Mardy fades as her fetch takes over. She discovers that Bellevue School is haunted and while it is a place to learn French in three dimensions, it is also Uraniborg Castle, home of the "Mayor" who is trying to enslave Mardy and her brother Alan, whose fetch lies in a coma. It's up to Mardy, Alan, Mardy's best friend Hal, and Rachel Fludd (a skilled witch) to play the Mayor's own Reverberant Chord and find resolution. This is a mildly spooky contemporary fantasy. There are Harry Potter-like elements: interdependent cultures of magical vs. non-magical people and a quest to find the evildoer's true identity. Middle schoolers may identify with the message that the biggest obstacle is fear and enjoy the juxtaposition of the ordinary with the extraordinary. The decidedly British references could challenge students who struggle with comprehension. This is for younger YA readers whose imaginations are tickled by different dimensions and the supernatural, but sophisticated readers may find the story lacking as the pieces are put together in a distorted puzzle. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2004, Trafalgar Square, 223p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Heather Rader
From the Publisher
“A wonderfully creepy story. You will never see the world in quite the same way again.” Diana Wynne Jones“This is a marvellous, spooky, funny book, a fantasy like no other. Read it!” Susan CooperPraise for Calypso Dreaming“…beautifully conveyed… [for] those who appreciate something out of the ordinary.”Times Educational Supplement“…psychologically chilling.”School Librarian“…exciting and a book you will not be able to put down… a good read.”South Wales Evening Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007402199
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/30/2014
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
595 KB
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Butler lives in Bristol, where he works as an English Lecturer specialising in children’s fantasy.

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