Its a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath. In a future society, life appears civilised and ordered. But when 12-year-old Jonas is given the job of Receiver of Memories he realises the horrible truth that lies behind the perfect facade.
Eleven-year-old Marty Preston loves to spend time up in the hills behind his home in West Virginia. Sometimes he takes his .22 rifle to see what he can shoot, like some cans lined up on a fence. But one summer, Marty comes across a young beagle. And then the trouble begins.
Louises grandmothers spiteful taunt rages in Louises ears, and she knows that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, musically gifted and easy mannered, was the favourite and life on the island of Rass during the early 1940s was hard, especially for Louise.
We have no choice of what colour were born or who our parents are or whether were rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once were here. The Mississippi of the 1930s was a hard place for a black child to grow up in, but still Cassie didnt understand why farming his own land meant so much to her father.
Time is running out for Mrs Frisby. She must move her family of mice before the farmer destroys their home. But her son, Timothy, is too ill to survive the move. Help comes in the unexpected form of a group of mysterious, super-intelligent rats. But the rats are in danger too, and little by little Mrs Frisby discovers their extraordinary past.
WINNER of the 2010 Cilip Carnegie Medal, the Newbery Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Book Prize 2009, and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award Adult edition of Neil Gaimans highly anticipated new novel, stunningly illustrated by Gaimans long-time collaborator, Dave McKean.