Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Limping Man

The Limping Man by Maurice Gee (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-14-330516-3 RRP$19.99

Hana ran through the broken streets of Blood Burrow. The smell of burning followed, sliding into her mouth as she gulped for air. It was as damp as toads. She would never wash herself free of it, and never stop hearing the women scream or wipe out the memory of the Limping Man.

This the third instalment of Maurice Gee's breathtaking Salt series.

Hana watches in horror as her mother swallows deadly frogweed poison rather than be captured by the Limping Man's captors. Later, she sees her mother's body being erected on a cross and burned with the other women tarred as witches. Hana flees the city to avoid the Limping Man's power creeping into her mind and taking over. Along the way she befriends a hawk and meets Ben, son of Lo. The two journey back to the burrows to find out what the source of the Limping Man's power is and destroy it.

An original plot with unforeseen twists. Maurice Gee has written a page-turning fantasy/horror story. His character development and turn of phrase are as superb as ever. A highly recommended read for 12 years plus.

Teaching resources available for Salt , Gool and the Limping Man.

Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand's best-known writers for adults and children. He has won a number of literary awards, including the Wattie Award, the Deutz Medal for Fiction, the New Zealand Fiction Award, the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award and the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. Maurice Gee's children's novels include Salt, The Fat Man, The Fire-Raiser, Under the Mountain and the O trilogy. Maurice lives in Nelson with his wife Margareta, and has two daughters and a son.

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