Granny Rags by Janet Reid is a beautifully crafted suspense story about friendship; recommended for ages 8 – 12.
It was the winner of IP Picks 2012 Best Junior Prose.
Tim Trickett is a new boy at a small rural school and prey to the bullies because of his diffidence socially and physically. He also has an over-protective mother and a physical ailment that he seeks to keep secret.
Fortunately for him, before the term begins he meets Lockie, an outgoing, broadly spoken boy from the neighbourhood who acts as a social buffer.
When Tim’s classmates put him up to an initiation test, he finds himself on his way to visit Granny Rags, the reclusive old lady who lives near the creek and is rumoured to be a witch.
But one visit turns into several, and soon Tim finds himself deep in a mess of buried secrets, crooked business deals and long-harboured grudges. He’s going to need all his courage and resourcefulness to put a stop to it all … before someone gets hurt.
Testimonials for Granny Rags
‘A beautifully crafted, suspense tale that builds and keeps you turning the page’…Angela Kirin, Creative Kids Tales Book Reviewer.
‘Well written, and suspense builds well, compelling one to read on’…Peter Logan, Amazon
‘This is just the right sort of book to help establish the ‘reading bug’… The plot moves rapidly, yet never loses its grounding in social reality. There is freshness in the references not only to the Harry Potter books, but sly digs at prevailing adult tastes. There is much merit in this seemingly easy to read story of small town country life’…Maurice Saxby, Reading Time.
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‘All the characters are appealing and well-drawn as a series of events build toward a dangerous and exciting climax’…Mary Mageau.