Winning Year: 1994 Author: Theresa Breslin Title: Whispers in the Graveyard
Methuen Current Publisher:
0749744804 In Print
Whispers in the Graveyard is a gripping, powerful and haunting story. Solomon is bullied by his teachers and feels let down by his parents; his father drinks too much and his mother has left him. His refuge is in the local kirkyard (churchyard) among ancient graves that lie in the shadow of the rowan tree.
Workmen uproot the tree and as it decays a strange power is unleashed. Solomon hears whispers and first-grader Amy Miller dreams of a strange lady with an alluring song. Solomon finds out the kirkyard was both the site of a witch hunt and the burial place for small pox victims. Did the witch leave a curse for the miller's descendants?
Theresa Breslin lives in Scotland where she can indulge her love of history by exploring ruined castles, Roman remains and ancient burial grounds. She loves to travel, her books have been translated into many languages and adapted for television and radio.
Theresa writes with a passion. She is a superb storyteller who cleverly enables her readers to stand in the shoes of her characters and see what it really feels like to be fighting against the odds.