It starts with the phone call, late at night. The mysterious boy says he is dying. Dusty doesn't want to get involved - but the boy seems to have a link to the one person who's most important to her. Soon she has been drawn in - and now she has to deal with the other people who are looking for the boy - the violent man and his two sons, and the police too ...Yet throughout all this, Dusty senses the presence of a boy who is not dying, a strange elusive boy who can show her what happened to her missing brother and solve the greatest mystery of her life. Where he is, who he is, why he wants to die, she cannot say. Only one thing is certain. Finding him will be dangerous.
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(199mm x 130mm x 26mm)
Oxford University Press
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Shimmering suspense and atmosphere highlight Bowler's trademark mysteriousness. Dusty answers the phone late at night and hears a stranger announce, "I'm dying." He isn't (though he wants to be), and he knows intimate details about her that no one should know. Furthermore, he implies knowledge of Dusty's brother, who vanished two years ago. When she realizes he's calling from a nearby park, she tracks him through the snow until his footsteps disappear. People across the country have seen this boy, and vigilantes pursue him for alleged rape; he may be made of snow or fire, and he knows everyone's secrets. Dusty searches for the entrancing boy despite the townspeople's fury, her father's distress and her own instinctive feelings of peril. A dangerous, gleaming brightness (possibly the same metaphysical matter as the boy) threatens to transform Dusty into frigid fire. The enigmatic whirl of events ends with a blend of closure and persevering questions; readers who liked Firmament (2004) but found Apocalypse (2005) too cryptic will want to return to Bowler for this one. (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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