In less than a day I had been harassed, enchanted, shouted at, cried on, and clawed. I’d been cold, scared, dirty, exhausted, hungry, and miserable. And up until now, I’d been mildly impressed with my ability to cope.
A gripping fantasy set on the shifting boundary between what is real and what is legend. Can Ellie discover a power she never knew she possessed?
At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her essay deadline. Until everything changes…
In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.
You can read Guardian of the dead as an e-book from our Overdrive collection.
Guardian of the dead is also available as a paper book.
A list of well-known people who have died recently:
- Marie-Claire Alain, 1926-2013
Grande dame of French organists who recorded all of Bach three times over
- Richard Briers, 1934-2013
Amiable comic actor who became a television favourite in the classic 1970s sitcom The Good Life
- Donald Byrd, 1923-2013
Elegant jazz trumpeter whose move to funk won over the public if not the critics
- Van Cliburn, 1934-2013
Virtuoso pianist who dazzled the Soviet Union during the Cold War years and was hailed in his homeland as the American Sputnik
- James De Preist, 1936-2013
Jazz musician who seized a chance with the baton to become a prized conductor
- Peter Gilmore, 1931-2013
Singer turned actor whose rugged portrayal of a Victorian shipowner made The Onedin Line a ratings hit
- Paul Holmes, 1950-2013
NZ radio and television broadcaster
- Ralph Hotere, 1931-2013
New Zealand artist
- Stanley Karnow, 1925-2013
American journalist and historian
- Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1923-2013
German pianist and conductor who led peerless performances of Strauss and Wagner and brought the sound of Old Europe to the New World
The word-eater written by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Bob Kerr. This story and illustrations were first displayed as a ‘big book’ in the children’s section of the Central Library during Christchurch’s Books and Beyond Festival in 1998. Margaret Mahy set the story in and around the library. Bob Kerr painted the pictures during the time the book was on display.