Taken Away

Celine Kiernan
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A pacy, chilling ghost story from the creator of the internationally acclaimed Moorehawke Trilogy.

I think the fire changed us - me and Dom. Though I didn't feel much different at first, I think something inside of us opened up, or woke up. I think, all at once, we began to understand how easily things are broken and taken and lost. It was like walking through a door: on one side was the warm, cosy sitting room of our childhood; on the other, a burnt-out shell of ash and char.

I think that's how the goblin boy was able to see us. Though he'd been there for every summer of our childhood - mine and Dom's - we'd only been stupid boys until then. Stupid, happy, ignorant boys. And what in hell would he have had in common with two stupid boys? But after the fire we were different. We were maybe a little bit like him. And so he saw us, at last, and he thought he'd found a home.


'A beautifully written and executed ghost story that speaks to the deep connections between people.With heart-wrenching moments and an incredibly satisfying ending, this is a highlight of my reading year.' The Book Smugglers

'The otherworldly goings-on are grounded in the family lives.adding intriguing nuances to the psychological drama. A gripping, highly original ghost story.' STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

'Confident, pungent, and poetic.' The Horn Book

Author bio:

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Celine Kiernan has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. Trained at the Sullivan Bluth Studios, her career as a classical feature character animator spanned over seventeen years. She spent most of her time working between Germany, Ireland and the USA.

Celine wrote her first novel at the age of eleven (it was excruciatingly bad), and hasn't stopped writing or drawing since. She has a peculiar weakness for graphic novels as, like animation, they combine the two things she loves to do the most: drawing and storytelling.

Her popular Moorehawke Trilogy has been internationally acclaimed. For more information about Celine, see her blog: celinekiernan.wordpress.com/.

Category: Young adult fiction
ISBN: 9781742377520
Awards: Short-listed Sakura Medal (Children's Choice Award, Japan), English High School category 2014 JP; Winner Reading Association of Ireland (Cumann Leitheoireachta na hEireann) Children's Book Awards 2013 IE; Winner Children's Books Ireland (CBI), Children's Choice Award 2012 IE; Winner Children's Books Ireland (CBI), Book of the Year Award (Gradaim Leabhair na Bliana CBI 2012) 2012 IE
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: October 2011
Page Extent: 264
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 13 - 16
Subject: Young adult fiction

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