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For fans of Tuck Everlasting comes a fantasy adventure from Kirsty Applebaum about a twelve-year-old boy who can bring living creatures back from the point of death—in exchange for part of his own life.
Twelve-year-old Lonny can stop death in its tracks. But there’s a price to pay for his magic. Each time he saves a life, he must sacrifice years of his own. In order to keep his power a secret, he's always stayed away from the nearby town of Farstoke, where the townsfolk might take advantage of a lifeling boy for their selfish and dangerous ends.
But when Lonny’s family is left with no money, he and his brother Midge are forced to venture into Farstoke in search of work. Lonny soon finds that the people of Farstoke aren’t the frightening monsters he’s been told to fear. Or so they seem at first glance. As Lonny debates revealing his secret ability to the town, he must ask himself if the people of Farstoke are really who they appear to be, and if he is willing to risk his life to save another.
About the Author
Kirsty Applebaum was born in Essex, England and grew up in Hampshire. She's had a wide variety of jobs including bookselling, railway re-signaling, picking stones off conveyor belts, putting lids on perfume bottles, and teaching Pilates. She now lives with her husband on top of a hill in Winchester. The Middler is her debut novel.
* "[A] gripping drama full of intense emotion [with a] thought-provoking premise musing on life, love, and sacrifices made for others." —Kirkus Reviews, starred
* "[An] earnestly told novel conveys messages of love, loyalty, and sacrifice." —Publishers Weekly, starred
"[Lonny's] good intentions, earnest curiosity, and optimism even in the face of significant obstacles make him an easy protagonist to root for." —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
"A richly imagined Tuck Everlasting–esque fantasy." —Horn Book
"Applebaum's third novel confirms her as one of the most exciting new voices in children's fiction, exploring complex moral dilemmas-what does it mean to live a full life?-through the prism of worlds almost like our own." —The Bookseller
"[A] stunning and contemporary fairy tale . . . Thought-provoking, tense, scary and full of love, this is a story that will stay with readers long after it's finished." —BookTrust
"[E]ngrossing." —Kitty Empire, The Guardian
"Slightly older fantasy fans will be dazzled . . . hugely inventive . . . This is a book to keep the reader thinking long after it's finished." —Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian
"A beautiful story of sacrifice, love and hope." —The Sunday Express Magazine
"A modern day fairytale with a unique voice and fantastic folkloric premise." —Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart
"Secondary characters are well-written and carefully developed, but Lonny is the spotlight here: his good intentions, earnest curiosity, and optimism even in the face of significant obstacles make him an easy protagonist to root for." —The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
Praise for The Middler
Named a Children's Book of the Week in The Times and The Sunday Times!
"One marvelous surprise after another every time I turned a page, leading to a most unexpected ending! Readers are going to love this book!” —Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times–bestselling author of The False Prince
"This is a quirky, original adventure about friendship and loyalty, betrayal and trust, kindness and greed, told as Maggie's vibrant narrative, with striking characters and a happy ending." —The Sunday Times
"I thought I'd almost reached my fill of dystopian novels, but Kirsty Applebaum has rebooted the genre. The plot pulls you along . . . [and] there is a touch of Harper Lee's Scout [in Maggie]." —The Times
"[A] remarkable debut . . . the story reveals its twists and turns in an almost cinematic manner. Young readers will be eager to know more about Maggie’s absorbing world and the mysterious wanderers beyond." —Booklist