The Crying

The Crying

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Recovering from a long illness, Sam moves into a flat of her own, to make a new, independent start. The only problem is that the spare room in the flat has something very wrongwith it. It's cold, it has a strange atmosphere, and strange pools of water gather on the floor without explanation. Then the old lady downstairs, who keeps talking about someone called Grace, who she insists will be coming back to the flat. As Sam finds out the truth about Grace, and the reason the flat is haunted - with some hair-raising encounters with Grace's ghost along the way - so she starts to come to terms with her own problems in a very satisfying more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 135 x 216mm | 170g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192719157
  • 9780192719157

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One for early teenage girls, this contemporary ghost story will grip both heart and imagination. ME sufferer Sam has finally been allowed out of the confines of hospital walls and has escaped the over-protective fussing of her parents to rent a flat on the top floor of a large family home in Brighton. The owner, the elderly Mrs Armstrong, still lives on the ground floor, but once Sam moves in she begins to be aware of another occupant. Aware that she is perhaps over-sensitive and vulnerable due to the after-effects of her illness, Sam cannot ignore Mrs Armstrong's assertions that Grace has come back to the house, nor the mysterious pools of water which appear each night in the room at the end of the corridor. Ben, Mrs Armstrong's grandson, is scathing about Sam's experiences which grow more terrifying every night, but Jade, one of the young people who have taken over the beach huts as squats, has a gift for the supernatural and seems prepared to believe her. As Sam struggles to come to terms with life after her illness she is little prepared for the terrible secret which the house is determined to reveal to her. Once again she finds herself trapped, but in a tragedy of the past. Can there be a modern-day cure for this heartache? This is a well-written and genuinely creepy book which will be thoroughly enjoyed by its target audience. Ages 11+ (Kirkus UK)show more

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