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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


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)

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
The Silver Sequence Ser.
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The Silver Child 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Silver Child by Cliff McNish review by Chris Want to have an exciting adventure? If so read The Silver Child by Cliff McNish. It¿s a fantastic book filled with laughs, cries, and a mystery ready to be solved. The Silver Child is about six children who are to fulfill their strange destiny. These children are Milo, Walter, Helen, Thomas, Emily, and Freda. The children all end up in Coldharbour a place of many dumps. All six are led there by their senses and a roaring sound they cannot identify. In the beginning you will meet Thomas, Emily, and Freda. Thomas has the ability to comfort and heal also known as his ¿ beauty ¿. Emily and Freda are girls who can run around on all fours just like insects. Later on the three meet up with Walter. He is a giant who has incredible strength and thinks about others before himself. One night in the middle of a storm they find Helen who can read minds. She ends up leading the four to Milo who turns gold. Milo¿s cries for help cause Helen pain so she runs away. Eventually they all meet up in Coldharbour ready to begin their journey. Cliff McNish did a fantastic job writing this book. He made it so you would always want to read more. I really liked how he wrote different views of the story. He had each character tell his or her side of the journey. This really let you understand what was going on. He also did a good job on expressing the characters personalities. I liked how he wrote Emily and Freda¿s spoken words in slang to emphasize their personalities. For example they once said ¿ Lor¿ knows Walts. ¿ Cliff McNish is a great author and worked hard to make this book as interesting as it is. I enjoyed this book a lot and I know you will too. This is only the beginning but it is filled with plenty of adventures. If you want to know more you¿ll have to read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for all of those people who love to see a picture instead of words when they're reading. It capture's you first page, and doesn't get boring. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a beautifully written book. Though it's written for a younger age group, any adult bookworm would be equally enchanted.
smoothyoshi More than 1 year ago
It is very touching, i read it once but didn't like it, but now i realize how good the book is so I am buying a new one :D
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great amazing . How six childern come together in coldharbor. when you start to read this you never stop
Guest More than 1 year ago
Originally written. Exceptional description.