The Amethyst Child
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The Amethyst Child

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It's the summer holidays and Amber is bored. So when she meets non-conformist Dowdie, she is bowled over. Dowdie lives in a commune known as the Community, and gradually, Amber finds herself drawn into it. She discovers that Dowdie is an Amethyst child - a child with special talents unrecognised by normal society - and that her father, James, the leader of the commune, bel...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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The Amethyst Child tells the story of Amber, a young girl of 15, who is an outcast. She doesn't really fit in anywhere, she doesn't have any friends and she's prepared to spend her summer alone. Until she meets Dowdie. Dowdie is a young girl who is home schooled and lives in the Community. She is everything that Amber wishes she was :confident, outgoing, brave. The two girls form an unusual friendship and Amber is gradually introduced into the Community : a group of people who live under a man c...more
Abby Pope
I loved this book!
I actually read it some time ago, but since I am Neopagan by belief which is often seen as a 'cult' itself, reading a cult inspired book from the views of someone being brought into it as an outsider, looking for a sense of purpose was refreshing. It was a brilliant take on some rather adult subjects. Gripping, energising and the ability to make aware of yourself and the world... a brilliant read.
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Jill London
Lushly painted and atmospheric read. Had some genuinely interesting things to say about perspectives and differing points of view, and how reality is essentially a kind of democracy, being what we all, as a society, agree on. Good characterization and very few slow points in the narrative which is a valuable plus! I would recommend it.
I only really read this because the author is working at my school and cause the main characters got my name. lol , I'm sad like that.
It wasnt bad, but it got a bit weird, leaving the reader floundering however the characters were likeable and interesting.
We had to read this for school and it defenitly leads to a lot of thinking.I thought it was great, but very depressing. I cried a lot. Very disturbing.
We got to meet the author, which was interesting.
Ash Pringle
Its intense and so realistic. It reminds me of the Children Of Wacko. It really pulls you into the feeling of being in a cult. And shows why and how people believe what their leaders say.
I bought it at a school book fair because the cover of the book astounded me but it turned to be a waste of money. The book failed to interest me in anyway while reading this book
Angela Joyce
I read this during one insomniac night-- it probably didn't help. It's incredibly absorbing... I just... thought the ending was predictable.
I loved how close I felt to the main character. This book haunted me long after I finished it.
Aoife Costello
It was a breath of fresh air. Never read a book about a cult before so it was an eye opener.
Amazing, very gripping book with some amazing characters and twists within
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Sarah Singleton was born in Thornbury in 1966. She was educated at the University of Nottingham and has travelled in Europe, India and Nepal. She has two daughters, Fuchsia and Poppy.

She worked as a reporter for local weekly newspapers, including the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald, before becoming a writer and freelance journalist in 2007. A novella, In The Mirror (Enigmatic Novellas #4), was repr...more
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