"What if I told you that some individuals are born without a soul and have to wander for thousands and thousands of years searching for a way to fill that void."
*Now Available as an audiobook, narrated by the author himself.
A stranger comes to the small town of Horshoe, promising rain. A child vanishes. And then another and another. But the townspeople are dazzled by magic mirrors and dreams of a green future. The only one who sees through the stranger's mesmerism is Robert, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A boy who must somehow confront the stranger.
"Heartbreakingly beautiful as well as just heartbreaking."
The Globe and Mail
"This unusual, well-written story will definitely exercise readers' imaginations."
School Library Journal * starred review
"This beautifully written novel...features strong character development, an authentic setting, and some genuinely spooky moments. It could well deserve award considerations."
Voya * starred review
"Well-chosen imagery, skillfully crafted sentences, and a remarkably effective sense of atmosphere distinguish Slade's work."
Kirkus Reviews * starred review
The 2001 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature
The 2001 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature
The 2002 Mr. Christie's Book Award
Nominated for the 2004 Edgar Award