by Ann Pilling
Colin and Prill were looking forward to a holiday of fun and adventure in Ireland. It would have been perfect if only they hadn't had to drag along their cousin Oliver. But Oliver, it turns out, isn't their biggest problem. Almost from the moment they arrive, Colin feels sick from an awful smell, so powerful and horrible that it seems to be rising from the land of the dead...more
Published August 1st 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published 1995)
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Dec 22, 2013 Molly rated it 4 of 5 stars
This creepy story takes place in Ireland round the 80's, when a family vacationing in a rural bungalow become victim to poltergeist type of activity. After the father leaves, the children begin to have nightmares and hallucinations. They see starving people, and their food goes rotten immediately. Without a car, and with the help of some climatic storms, cut off from all communication, they slowly begin to starve and sicken. This is a good book to teach about the Potato Famine, while giving stud...more
I loved this book when I was growing up. I read it in an afternoon and couldn’t put it down. I was disappointed not to enjoy it as much as I did when I was eleven but this is probably because it does not have the crossover appeal of the last book I read. Still, this is a pretty terrifying ghost story and the increasing feeling of dread is well controlled up until the finale.
Feb 25, 2011 Particle_Person rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is an outstandingly good book. It's one of the few YA ghost stories I've read that can still scare me as an adult — it's genuinely creepy. If you're a writer, you should study the way Pilling gets her effects. I'd say more but if I discuss them they won't work as well. ;-)
Born in 1944 in Lancashire, British poet and children's author Ann Pilling read English at King’s College, London, where she wrote her thesis on C.S. Lewis' fiction. She has published over thirty books for children, one of which - Henry's Leg - won The Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction. She has two sons, six grandchildren, and currently lives in the Yorkshire Dales. Since 2003, she has concent...moreMore about Ann Pilling...