Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Will Peterson
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Candlewick, 2008   ISBN: 978-0763639716

Rachel and Adam are not exactly delighted when their mother sends them to England to spend the summer with their maternal grandmother. They have only met Gran once and that was years ago, but they understand that their mother needs some time to sort out her divorce from their father, so they go along with the plan, albeit reluctantly.

The twins' arrival in the village of Triskellion is not an auspicious one. First of all they are not met at the station and then, when they get to the village, Adam is beaten up by a pair of very large boys. All in all, the village seems to be a very unfriendly and decidedly spooky place.

Things only get worse when the twins are befriended by a boy called Gabriel. Gabriel seems to be determined to find out the secret of the village and the story behind the enormous chalk picture which was carved into ground nearby. Something happened in Triskellion thousands of years ago which is still having an impact on the village today.

Getting into trouble at almost every turn, Rachel and Adam try to find the missing Triskellion blades. They cannot help thinking that if the three blades are brought together, something important will be revealed, As they conduct their search and try to piece together the pieces of the puzzle, which stretches back hundreds of years, the twins discover that there are some people in the community who do not want the truth revealed. They want things to stay as they are and they are willing to do whatever they can to maintain the status quo. Using the strange telepathic abilities that they all seem to have, Rachel, Adam, and Gabriel try to stay one step ahead of those who would like to see them disappear altogether.

This book is actually the work of authors Mark Billingham and Peter Cocks who have taken the name Will Peterson to be their combined pseudonym. Packed with suspense and mystery, this cleverly written fantasy title will keep readers guessing until the very last minute, when an extraordinary secret is finally revealed.