The Tricksters

The Tricksters

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by Margaret Mahy, David Loew
     
 

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It's been five years since Jonny's sister died. Wracked with guilt, he goes in search of answers and instead, ends up learning a lesson about reminiscing and loss from a woman with Alzheimer's disease. An award-winning young adult novel sheds light on real-life issues.

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It's been five years since Jonny's sister died. Wracked with guilt, he goes in search of answers and instead, ends up learning a lesson about reminiscing and loss from a woman with Alzheimer's disease. An award-winning young adult novel sheds light on real-life issues.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the appearance of this haunting, intriguing novel, Mahy (twice a winner of the Carnegie Medal) has written perhaps her best work yet. It begins as a family Christmas story, with Jack and Naomi Hamilton, their five children and assorted guests arriving at their summer home, Carnival's Hide, on the beach in New Zealandfor Christmas is also midsummer. Although Jack and Naomi still love each other, their marriage has been shaken by a past, unmentioned crisis, duly noted by daughter Harry, who at 17 is the family observer. Harry is obsessed with her creation of a torrid, romantic novel. When her obsession collides with the family fascination with the ghost of Teddy Carnival (the young son of the house's first owner, who drowned in an apparent suicide), the supernatural explodes into reality, as three brothersthe Tricksterstake human form. Harry recognizes her own book characters in the brothers, and is determined to keep them from destroying her family. Ultimately, the supernatural and reality merge in one dreadful moment, and it is Harryin her transformation into her real self, Ariadnewho shatters all of the family's illusions. Mahy has combined stunning visuals with intelligent, very accessible characters. The supernatural presence of the Tricksters becomes a maze through which Harry, her family and, finally, the reader, must travel in order to unravel the novel's mysteries. A searing depiction of an entire family's rite of passage, The Tricksters is one of the most intellectually challenging novels written for teenagers in years. (14-up)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up A Christmas story that takes place on the beach in a sunny New Zealand December. Mahy's fans will not be surprised to learn that it is also a love story in which one of the lovers is a ghost. To most of the Hamilton family, the three young men who drop in on their holiday seem to be ordinary, although eccentric, visitors. To 17-year-old Ariadne (always called Harry), they are much more than that, perhaps ghosts, or even characters come alive from a story she is writing. Mahy has caught the essence of the adolescent's painful separateness; cut off from her childhood, Harry stands alone in her family. Whatever they are, the Tricksters act as a catalyst, drawing Harry out of childhood and causing her to raise the family's tensions and reveal their secrets. A theme touched on in The Changeover: a Supernatural Romance (Atheneum, 1984) reappears here, that of a young girl coming to terms not only with her own sexuality, but with her parents' sexuality as well. The intricate threads of personalities and plot weave together into a fine web of vivid language. Few writers have Mahy's skill at integrating the supernatural with daily life. She manages to enrich each in the process, just as the revelation precipitated by the visitors, painful as it is, ends by enriching the Hamiltons' lives and changing the three spirits as well. Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689829109
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
08/10/1999
Edition description:
1 ALADDIN
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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