A settle down to read delight—just add chocolate.
A disease is affecting the children.
We open with Jannie being tricked into giving up her grackles. She falls sick, and nobody has the answer. Jack doesn’t. He’s just an average lad doing his paper round and navigating a circuitous route around the bullies.
The strange sickness is one more thing to worry about. Jack has a headful of worries, and the author cleverly pulls us into the young lad’s mind as he deals with his life in a colourful and chaotic journey of self-discovery.
We lurk in the shadows with Jack as he’s introduced to Cracklock and the craziness that goes on there. Jack doesn’t know who he is, his people, or where he belongs—and he gets more than he bargained for. Everything he thought was normal is turned on its head in Cracklock.
There are dark, light, and funny elements to the book, and the dark is tense enough to have you turning the pages fast to find out what happens next.
The imagination and characterisation are brilliant, and I’m hooked. New ideas, characters and situations are hard to develop when there are so many books on the market, and this one didn’t disappoint.
The author mixes brilliant imagination with folklore, myth and legend and brings to life some endearing—and some not-so-pleasant characters.
A perfect story for Audiobook. I wanted to curl up under a soft throw with coffee and have a deep-toned accent read it to me—with voices!
But what about the sick children?
Well-written and engaging, I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
Beware the glamour.
Illustrations used are from the author’s website Cracklock World page where you can read about the facinating characters you’ll meet in these books. Check out CA Deegan’s website and meet the ‘people’ Here
Born in South Shields, Tyne & Weir, Katherine Black lives on the tip of the beautiful British Lake District. She lives with her partner, father-in-law and 4 dysfunctional but co-mingling pets. She is mother, grandmother and secret keeper of all. She is Best Book Editors’ principal editor.