Firmament by Tim Bowler

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"Good hands, Luke," Dad had said. "Special hands. Strong and sensitive. You can do anything you want with hands like these. So don't ever put them to bad use."

Luke has good hands. Everybody says so. Good for playing the piano -- just like his father did before he died. And good for climbing -- climbing trees, climbing toward the stars, in search of some peace away from family troubles.

Now Skin and his gang want Luke to do some climbing for them. They want him to climb into Mrs. Little's house to look for something to steal. They want him to prove he's a real part of the gang.

But nobody is ready for what Luke discovers when he does climb into the house. He encounters something so unexpected that it changes everything -- something that unlocks secrets and helps Luke find out exactly who he is and what it is that he's been searching for.


About Tim Bowler

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Tim Bowler has written seven novels for teenagers and is one of the most prominent authors currently writing for this age group. His first novel, "Midget, " established him as a thrilling new voice in young adult literature. His third novel, "River Boy, " won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and his books have also won numerous other prizes. His most recent novels are "Storm Catchers" and the highly acclaimed "Firmament."
Published April 6, 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry. 320 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Arts & Photography, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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He also hears “the sounds of fields and hills and hedgerows” and other sounds “that seemed to well up from deep inside him: a buzzing sound, a harp sound, a bell sound, and, all around his head, a sound of rushing water.” Like Dad, Luke’s a musical genius with a “deep ocean roar rolling inside hi...

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When Skin, the group's leader, forces Luke to break into the home of Mrs. Little, Luke discovers "the ugly old woman" isn't living alone, but is secretly raising a deeply disturbed girl, Natalie (who is not only traumatized, but blind and mentally challenged as well).

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Totally ruled by the unstable Skin, all the boys follow Skin's every wish.

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