Thursday, 25 February 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Battle for Gullywith - Susan Hill

A stone army, an enchanted castle, mysterious ancient powers - and some very clever tortoises - Olly finds there's more than meets the eye at Gullywith. When his family moves to Gullywith Farm, Olly just can't imagine being happy in his new home. Gullywith is the coldest house in the world and no one has lived there for years. Then Olly meets KK and she tells him locals won't go near the place. It seems to be jinxed but most strange of all, Olly notices that there are stones at Gullywith that can move around of their own accord. Stones with ancient markings on them. He feels sure that they are angry. Olly visits the mysterious Nonny Dreever to ask his advice and he tells them they must return the stones to Withern Mere. Olly is drawn into a world of myth, magic and midnight adventure deep inside the surrounding hills. What is the ancient power that controls the stones and can anything be done to end their hold over Gullywith? Susan Hill deftly weaves a tale of real life and enchantment to delight young readers.


You want a top notch author that can win you over in a short time? You want action, adventure and perhaps some mystery? Well for the young reader this title is going to become a must own. Its got all these in spades backed up with great character growth and a descriptiveness that really does defy belief. What more can a young reader want and with the story set up for future expansion its one to watch alongside getting on board way before its sold to the big screen as this is going to be a Young Adult Classic in years to come.


Michelle said...

I'm always on the lookout for a YA story - add a mysterious castle, and I'm there.

SusanKMann said...

I love the cover for this book, it really stands out. Looking forward to reading it.

Where do you find the time to read all these books ;)