Imagine a Depression-era town where it hasn't rained for years. A pale rainmaker with other-worldly eyes brings rain to the countryside and mesmerizes the townspeople, but the children begin to disappear one by one. Only young Robert Steelgate is able to resist the rainmaker's spell and begin the struggle to discover what has happened to his missing brother and the other children.
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"...like dust on the wings of butterflies."
Simply stunning. A coming of age story like no other.
Richard's little brother goes missing when on his way into town to buy liquorice and gum. He is not the only child to disappear in the area. But strangely, the folks in the drought wasted farmlands of Canada seem to forget their lost children when a rainman arrives and gets the townsfolk involved in building a Rain Mill.
But Richard is different. He lives in his head, a world of adventures on Mars, via Edgar Rice Burroughs and other books loaned to him by his uncle. And he remembers Matthew, his little lost brother.
This is a magical, but frightening, vision of life seen through the eyes of an imaginative child caught "on the cusp between boy and man. Beautifully, almost poetically written, it is also well read by the author, Arthur Slade. With exquisite pacing, Mr.Slade narrates with clarity and just the right intonation to give meaning and emotion to his text.
I loved this book. It was fresh, original, intriguing and beautiful. I very much hope we hear more from this author.
- Norma Miles