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by Gillian Chan

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Gr. 6-9. Ben, a 16-year-old prone to coarse language and angry outbursts, has had a rough time: his mother died of cancer, and his long-absent father has taken him abroad to England for "a clean start." As it turns out, though, their cottage isn't exactly conducive to healing. Wyliff, a bark-and-leaf shrouded Green Man who lives in the surrounding woods, needs Ben to intervene in a fairy-world dispute that puts human lives in danger. The conventional premise may work best with younger fantasy readers, whose more limited experience of the genre will mute the cliched aspects of Ben's victory--particularly evident in his utterly sarcasm-free embrace of Wyliff's vague advice to "look inside [himself]." Still, many readers--at least, those who can get beyond the ambiguous cover image--will appreciate Ghan's twisted, goth-punk vision of fairyland, and identify with the bewilderment of a teen who recognizes that "a new reality was forming around him in which everything was connecting, but which he had yet to understand." Jennifer Mattson
  brudder | Nov 2, 2015 |
compelling fantasy reading. Good one!!
  bookwoman137 | Jan 19, 2010 |
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Sixteen-year-old Ben Larsson is angry. His mother is dead. His estranged father has dragged him to England, hoping that a fresh start in a new country will repair their damaged relationship. Ben is determined that this will never happen. Then, Ben's life is consumed by unexplained events. A complete stranger attacks him. The school outcast, a strange girl named Yvonne who talks to herself, follows him around like a stray puppy, insisting that Ben has been "marked." He finds a bizarre twig image of himself on his doorstep. What is happening? Who or what is behind this? Meanwhile, an ancient force is luring Ben into the woods nearby. Will the knowledge he finds there bring back order to his life or complicate it in ways unimaginable?… (more)

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