Meredith's family is loving, chaotic, high-minded, and devoted to protecting their local wild coastline from property developers. But Meredith's carefree life becomes unsettled when she begins to dream of strange, violent events on the nearby island of Kaitangata. It's as if the island itself is calling on her to help.
What does the island intend for Meredith? Could it be that the land itself would publish those who harm it?
What does old Lee Kaa mean when he says, 'First the twitch and then the trouble?' The brooding presence of Kaitangata has cast its spell over Meredith, and she must confront her own darkness to save the land around her.
This is a haunting tale of a girl caught up in a fight over a beautiful wilderness and her family's beliefs, caught between different versions of the past and visions for the future.
Margaret Mahy's classic has been adapted into the major TV series, screening on Maori TV in New Zealand, and ABC TV in Australia in the coming months.
One of the world's most acclaimed children's authors,Margaret Mahy is twice-winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal (for The Haunting and The Changeover) and five times a winner of the Esther Glen Award in New Zealand. Her work includes picture books, novels and short story collections which she has been publishing since 1969. An internationally acclaimed author, Margaret Mahy has been made a Member of the Order of New Zealand, and in 2006 was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Award (known as the little Noble Prize) for her 'last contribution to children's literature'. Many of her stories have been dramatised for television.
Allen and Unwin
Author: Margaret Mahy