Waterslain Angels

Waterslain Angels

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In the village of Waterslain in Norfolk, in the 1950s, a fragment from a carved angel's wing is discovered. Maybe the wooden angels that once supported the church roof were not, after all, destroyed centuries ago, but spirited away to safety. Two children decide to find them.

There are few clues, but a strange inscription on the church wall leads them into terrifying places - up to the top of the church tower, down a

tunnel where they are nearly drowned. Annie dreams of the man who was sent in by Cromwell to smash up the church, and of angels flying and falling. For Sandy, whose father, an American airman, was recently killed, the angels bring comfort. The whereabouts of the angels becomes clear to them - but then they discover that other people are hunting for them, and are determined to stop the children at all costs.

The friendship between the boy adjusting to a new life in his mother's village, and the girl whose family have always lived on their remote farm, the haunting atmosphere of the Norfolk saltmarshes, and the strong sense of the past still present, give richness to a tense and fast-paced story of detection for younger readers.

Publisher: London : Orion Children's Books,| c2008.
ISBN: 9781842556917
Branch Call Number: J FIC CRO


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Dec 08, 2011

Waterslain Angles is a YA book about two children who decide to find the fourteen angels that were taken from the village church and hidden during reformation days, gradually over time their hiding place was forgotten. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this book, I just couldn’t warm up to it. Supposedly a straight forward mystery, but in actually the children stumbled around clueless, mostly going by messages that they dreamed of. To put suspense into the story, they were not the only ones looking for the angels, a church handyman was also hot on their trail in order to sell them.

I realize that this book is probably aimed at the younger end of YA readers, but I still found it very stilted and altogether strange. The ending came quickly, when all of a sudden one of the children showed a flash of brilliance and determined where the angels were hidden. I did find the marshy setting of Norfolk interesting and I wished there was more information about that in the story. All in all, not a very impressive read.

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