Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage and encounters a strange being who changes his world forever.
When Michael and his family moved to a new town, he wasn’t very happy at all with his parents’ decision. He had to live in a house that’s already rundown and a garage that’s too dangerous to enter. But his family needed to move because there’s a baby on the way.
One day, Michael, a curious little boy, decided to enter the garage. It was a mess of old things and cobwebs and dead insects. He was startled when he found a man sitting in a corner. At first, he thought, it’s a dead man’s body, but he found out, he’s alive. The man was a bag of bones, and was full of dust and dead insects. I actually found it very creepy. But Michael found a way to sort-of befriend this strange man.
Michael dealt with his sister’s illness while becoming friends with the strange-girl-next-door named Mina, as well as his difficulties at school and his old friends, plus figuring out who the strange man was.
What are shoulder blades for?
That was one question that was answered in this book. The story was magical and realistic, witty and emotive. Both young and old will enjoy the story. David Almond is a great storyteller.
Read from December 22 to 24, 2013
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