Cold Tom by Sally Prue

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Part human, part elfin, young Tom struggles to find a place to call home in this striking debut fantasy novel.

Tom is both elfin and human, and running for his life. Cast out from the elfin Tribe, he must hide among the hated humans, whom the Tribe call "demons." Tom's Tribe-half seeks freedom and thrives on a connection with nature which lets him "call on the stars" and turn invisible when in danger. But Tom's human side is emerging, and he is confused and appalled by this change. For he fears the twining emotional bonds, which he sees literally as vines, that bind one human to another. But when he is helped by a kind "demon" girl, it is these strong bonds that save him-and draw him to his true home.

About Sally Prue

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Published June 1, 2003 by Scholastic Press. 187 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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When his refuge is discovered by the human Anna, Tom is horrified that her grossness does not save him from being ensnared by emotional ties—nor from her attempts to save his life.

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In a starred review, PW said, "British author Prue makes a noteworthy debut with this highly polished novel about a boy rejected from his elfin 'Tribe.' The lyricism of her prose, combined with the raw and sympathetic views of human behavior, makes her novel both original and gripping."

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Although he has the ability to temporarily stave off trouble by "calling on the stars" and becoming invisible, Tom eventually realizes he is at the mercy of the imperfect demons, especially Anna, if he hopes to save his life, but he must compromise freedom for his connection to her.

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Summary: Delivering a hugely concentrated emotional charge, this twist on the Tam Lin folk tale has everything - great writing, engagement, originality and danger.

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