The Owl Service
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Alison and her family are spending a holiday in Wales, in a bed and breakfast run by Gwyn and his mother. When Alison finds a curious dinner service in the attic, with a strange pattern of floral owls that looks different depending on how it is arranged, the discovery sets off a strange chain of events that look set to effect everyone's lives. Soon, Alison, her step-brother Roger and Gwyn find themselves repeating an ancient Welsh legend associated with the valley where they are staying. As tension begins to rise, can they break the pattern and avoid tragedy?
Winner of both the Guardian Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal, this extraordinary and powerful story is a modern classic. Blending together mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships, it will leave young readers eager to read more from master storyteller Alan Garner.