Sam’s dreams are haunted by the terrifying figure of Tom Tiddler - but the danger only really begins when his dream-life merges with his reality...
All at once the hill erupted and out came - not a cute, velvety mole - but a hand! Bony and hairy, the hand grasped at the air like some hideous mutant meat-eating plant. Once. Twice. The third time it struck lucky and, with the boy’s wrist in its grasp, it squeezed viciously. Sam screamed…'
The terrifying figure of Tom Tiddler haunts Sam’s dreams. With the help of his new friend, Jordy, he identifies Tom to be the spirit of a young pickpocket who, many years ago, was unfairly accused of terrible crimes against children and murdered by a lynch mob... Now Sam and Jordy must clear Tom’s name - or be haunted by his spirit forever…
Paul Stewart is the author of a number of previous titles for children including THE MIDNIGHT HAND and THE WAKENING (a Federation of Children’s Book Groups Pick of the Year) for the Yearling list
Older readers found this book hard to put down,A tremendous pacy read with short, punchy chapters... The drama is set against some bleakly realistic problems with money that impact on Sam's family. Well worth putting in with horror collections to show readers how the genre can be richly exploited,Disturbing rather than terrifying... it was also totally unputdownable. ... Intended for 8-ll year olds but could also be used with reluctant or slow readers of l3,A gripping and haunting story,A gripping thriller.