Kids can survive anything, they say. Oliver, aged twelve, has a missing father in Africa, his mother has had a breakdown, and he is recovering from chemo. He is sent to live with his only relative.
On a foggy day, one bald boy, with his cat, Flop, arrives at his Grandma's house at the water's edge in Greenwich. Oliver discovers to his horror that his Grandma, a famous psychic, hates cats. Her housekeeper, Lena loathes kids, and silent Justine seems to hate everyone. Add crazy Harriet, who has seen every fortune teller in London; Aura, a mysterious, aspiring beautiful actress and Bullet, the homeless kid with a very mean streak, trouble can't be far behind. When Oliver and Justine find a beautiful dog with it's throat cut washed up on the riverbank, Oliver feels a strange connection to this dead animal and so begins his own induction into a psychic world.
'An engaging, unusual and completely engrossing read' - Beverly Birch - author of 'Rift'
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By Linda Regan
Oct 15, 2009
"Mean Tide by Sam North" Twelve year old Oliver has survived cancer and chemotherapy. His mother is in a clinic and his father is missing in Africa. His only family, beside his pet cat, Flop, is his grandmother. He is sent, carrying Flop in a basket, to live with her in Greenwich, and he dreads what might happen to him as he arrives at this scary old house in Greenwich besides a looming power station Grandma Otis is a talented medium and Oliver soon discovers he too has inherited the gift. He sets off to discover his new home and quickly makes friends, but when he and the young lodger, Justine, stumble across a beautiful dog with its throat cut in the river, then the next day a murdered man chained to an upturned boat, Oliver is curiously affected. His grandmother is deeply concerned as Oliver begins to show a keen interest in his own psychic skills and wants to find out more about the dead man. His adventure includes a cast of unusual and colourfully drawn characters,... More > including a homeless, streetwise and dangerous runaway teenager who he mistakes for a friend; an aspiring and beautiful actress, Aura, with whom he shares a secret; a Chinese neighbour with a garage full of owls, Harriet who has seen every fortune teller in London, and then there’s Flop, the cat with a personality of his own, not forgetting silent Justine whose mother is in prison. Every character in the book is unique, eccentric, vulnerable, and real. Oliver’s bravery and naivety lead him into danger, and there were many times when I opened my mouth to warn him then realised I was talking to a book. He made me laugh and cry and care. This book reminded me of one of those nests of Balkan dolls, the more the story unfolded, the more layers I found to enjoy: an adventure, a crime, a touch of romance, humour and pathos. It is a book for everyone, no matter what age. It is a beautifully written, unusual and a good story, one I was sad to finish. Linda Regan- author of Passion Killers and Behind You!(WWW.lindareganonline.co.uk)< Less
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