Synopses & Reviews
Bonnie, a girl torn between the harsh reality of her mother's weaknesses and her grandmother's strong will escapes her home one day by sneaking into her neighbor's hot air balloon. But instead of flying into the clouds and back down, she lands in another world, something like her own, but both kinder and somehow much more terrifying. She's not sure if she can ever leave this nearly parallel world and return to her own. And if she did, she isn't sure she'll be able to bring back with her the sense of warmth and love she has grown to cherish. Amazingly, she does both.
"Published in England in 1990 and now available in the U.S. for the first time, Fisk's (The Secret of Sabrina Fludde) debut novel should stimulate fantasy readers in search of more than simple escapism. Unusual in both style and content, the book allows the audience a look at a world with its own internal logic; the exact workings of that logic are never explained, but the storytelling has such conviction, and the characters behave with such assurance in the conventions of their world, that the result is likelier to tantalize than to frustrate. Bonnie, growing up with her single mother, lives in constant fear of Grandbag, her mean-spirited and dictatorial grandmother. While exploring the grounds around her new apartment one night, Bonnie stumbles into a mysterious, walled property. There she learns that a man is planning a 'practice flight' that evening, and she surreptitiously returns, to discover him inflating a hot-air balloon. In a characteristically dreamlike development, the inflation of the hot-air balloon automatically prompts the appearance of a 'shadowboy,' who later pulls Bonnie into the basket. Whisked away to another world, Bonnie finds Arabella, a girl who looks just like her. Arabella's family takes Bonnie in as one of their own, but soon an incarnation of Grandbag intrudes on this alternate reality. Fisk leaves it to readers to make many connections for themselves, confidently allowing much of the story to remain just below the surface. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Midnight Blue is one of the most exciting fantasies Ive read in a long time."
"This not-quite-perfect parallel world is full of quandaries that will leave the reader pondering. A splendid fantasy!"
"Entrancing and substantial."(Kirkus Reviews)
"Entrancing and substantial." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Entrancing and substantial."
About the Author
is the author of many wonderful books for children, including The Secret of Sabrina Fludde
. Midnight Blue
was her stunning debut novel and is only now available in the US. Her hobbies are walking, thinking, being by the sea, reading, enjoying her family, and music. Pauline lives in Shropshire, England, near the hills where Midnight Blue