(Out of Print)
13-year-old Frankie's life is shattered by a shocking accident,
and he is sent to live with a strange couple he believes are his
aunt and uncle. At his new school he makes a friend, as well
as an enemy, and gets to know a blind girl who seems to be
in terrible danger. But when Frankie discovers a hideous
secret hidden in the village, he and his friends are on the run
for their lives.
"I found this story enthralling, wonderful and moving. The twists
and turns will take your breath away. A great fireside read."
-- G.P. Taylor
, bestselling author of the Shadowmancer
and Mariah Mundi
"A striking thriller for young people, the best we've read all year"
-- Editorial Pages
"Harmoniously blends a story of a boy who has lost his family within a
crime drama and a mystery, with astonishing power and scope"
-- UKA Crime Writers
"Funny, sad, terrifying - and what a story!"
-- Barnacle Reviews
Interview with Judith in The Newcastle Journal >>> Journal Book Reviews
Frankie - article in the Hexham Courant
"This superb novel for children (notionally aimed at 9-12 year olds) concerns a 13-year-old boy, Frankie, whose life is turned upside down when he is sent to live with his aunty and uncle who he finds a little on the odd side. Not only does the living room contain no TV, but they also eat their own home-grown vegetables, talk in “stupid Geordie accents” and spend their time listening to Taizé music (simple chanting). He makes friends at school, as well as an enemy, and also befriends a blind girl who appears to be in terrible danger...
Judy Walker is a local author and this is her first novel for children. She certainly has a handle on the sensibilities of young teenagers and also has a fantastic ear for naturalistic dialogue and this is a novel which doesn’t shirk away from issues surrounding adult infidelities, with both drink and drugs getting a mention, too. What she has also produced is an increasingly gripping tale, which is full of twists and turns which will surely enthrall any young reader right until the last page." -- GM. The Crack Magazine
FRANKIE reviewed on Live Wire Radio by Graham Sclater, songwriter, musician, publisher and author of Ticket to Ride and We're Gonna Be Famous
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