Silver Child

Silver Child

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by Cliff McNish
     
 

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THE SILVER CHILD is the exciting first novel in Cliff McNish's heart-stopping new trilogy. Six children experience life-altering changes and leave the comfort of their homes far behind. They are drawn to Coldharbour - an eerie wasteland of wind, rats, seagulls, and garbage dumps. Each child has a unique gift, but they must quickly learn to use their new skills. For… See more details below

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THE SILVER CHILD is the exciting first novel in Cliff McNish's heart-stopping new trilogy. Six children experience life-altering changes and leave the comfort of their homes far behind. They are drawn to Coldharbour - an eerie wasteland of wind, rats, seagulls, and garbage dumps. Each child has a unique gift, but they must quickly learn to use their new skills. For drawing ever closer is something vast and dreadful set to destroy them all.

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Children's Literature
Coldharbour, in the British Isles, is a place of desolation: a former shipyard with garbage piles, youth gangs and abandoned warehouses. It's also the destination of several special children—Milo, who turns into a gold Jabba the Hut sort of creature; Helen, who reads minds; Thomas, who has healing power which he calls his "beauty;" Walter, who has turned into a powerful, compassionate giant; and the twins, Freda and Emily, who have become insect-like, scuttling around on hands and toes like water striders. They will need all their powers to fight some force of evil, called the Roar, which never materializes. A reader will need super powers to even try to understand this confusing book. Dialog is filled with English slang that is difficult to figure out. The twins' speech seems to be a combination of a Cockney Eliza Doolittle and Dr. Seuss and gets more annoying as the book goes on. The point of view switches from first person to third person. The text is so disjointed that a reader would have to make a chart to keep track of characters and subplots. This is book one of the "Silver Sequence." Hmm. 2005, Carolrhoda Books, Ages 10 to 14.
—Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Six children are all drawn to Coldharbour, a huge refuse dump where dangerous child gangs are the only other humans around, and begin to change and develop amazing powers. Milo starts eating and drinking everything in sight and his skin turns golden and then a blinding silver. Thomas discovers that he can offer his beauty as a healing power to others. Twins Emily and Freda move about on all fours. Walter is 12 feet tall, strong as an ox, and a true gentle giant. Helen develops the ability to read minds. The youngsters start to hear "the roar," which fills their world but they cannot determine where it is coming from. They only know that it is the sound of what is threatening them. It is not until the end of the book that they discover at least part of why they are there. This story has an entirely original concept. The imagination and creativity behind it are incredible, taking readers on a sometimes-confusing but ultimately amazing journey right along with the characters. This is the first in a unique fantasy series, so readers will have to wait for the next volume to get answers to many of the questions posed.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of the Doomspell trilogy lays out a new storyline, this one set in a miles-long garbage dump and featuring six ordinary children who suddenly find themselves changing or acquiring eldritch powers. Drawn by a strange compulsion, the six meet in the gang-haunted wasteland of Coldharbour, frequently confused or frightened by their new abilities: Helen, for instance, has become a telepath; Walter, a 12-foot tall giant; and Thomas can project an indefinable force he dubs "beauty." Oddest of all, though, is Milo, whose human skin and form are sloughing off, as he lies in agonized semi-consciousness, to reveal a silver-skinned being. By the end of this episode, the children have clashed and bonded, received an inkling of their mission in Helen's visions of a huge, insatiable interstellar Elemental snaking Earthward, and seen Milo undergo a final, titanic, trendy transformation that sends him winging into the sky. A strong opening despite the latter-longer on imagination than action, but that could well change in future installments. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822565031
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
The Silver Sequence Ser.
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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