by Pauline Fisk
Bonnie has always believed that there is a land beyond the sky. This belief is probably one of the few things that has kept her sane during
the years she was brought up by her nasty Grandbag. Finally, her real mother takes her away from Grandbag and tries to make a home of their
own; but even then, Grandbag refuses to leave them alone. So when Bonnie learns that one of her neighbors is about to launch a balloon to
the land beyond the sky, she doesnt hesitate. She hops aboard when the guys back is turned, and flies off on her own...
Well, not quite on her own. A shadow boy comes with her; but thats too much to explain right now.
Bonnie comes in for a rough landing and wakes up in a farmhouse in a wonderful world where she would like to belong. A world where, she
knows, she isnt good enough to stay. The family that takes her in, no questions asked, is wonderful too including the mother who looks
just like Bonnies mother, and the daughter who looks just like Bonnie, and the father who looks just like the neighbor Bonnie
balloon-jacked. If Bonnie can get over the hate inside herself that makes her feel unworthy of this familys love, she may learn to love the
mysterious, quiet farm on the hill with its holly grove, its standing stones, its mysterious mine entrance, and the shadow boy who slowly
becomes a human boy.
But it wont be that easy. Even with the spirits who live under the hill helping Bonnie along, through the magical necklace that she cant
take off, Bonnie may not be able to stop a bizarro-Grandbag from destroying her new family. A gypsy fortuneteller Grandbag, that is, full of
cruelty and greed, who wants to capture Bonnies new sister and mother in a magic mirror and replace them with soulless clones.
Shiver. Shudder. Sob. Its a strange, disturbing, suspenseful, and very moving fantasy from an award-winning author who lives near the
Shropshire hills depicted in the tale. Fans of Diana Wynne Jones and
Susan Cooper should feel especially at home. I may have become an
overnight Pauline Fisk fan just by reading this book; it has lingered on my mind all day, in a way that the best and most original stories
Recommended Age: 14+
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