Andrew Waggoner has always hung around with his fellow losers at school, desperately hoping each day that the school bullies - led by Drake - will pass by him in search of other prey. But one day they force him into the woods, and the bullying escalates into something more; something unforgivable, something unthinkable. Broken, both physically and emotionally, something dies in Waggoner, and something else is born in its place.
In the hills of the West Country a chalk horse stands vigil over a site of ancient power, and there Waggoner finds in himself a reflection of rage and vengeance, a power and persona to topple those who would bring him low.
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Not the book I expected.
This is an interesting clash of school life with the old magic of an Alan Garner book. Grange Hill, it is not. You really have no idea of where it is going until you are almost at the end. A compelling read.
The initial incident that sets of the chain of events in this story is horrific and had me cringing while listening to it.
The scenes with Angie explaining how the number ones question/answer "magic" worked and the Halloween disco ate the end of the book.
High School the Musical - The British Version (Done right)
Having read this book, I think that Paul Cornell needs to be in some form of therapy. I certainly need it now.
- Richard Meehan