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Troy is the child of divorced parents, living with his mother - but caught in the war between his parents for custody. His father arranges for them to run away. The car crashes and his father is killed.



Troy, surviving, cannot - will not - believe it, blames both himself and his mother, and will have nothing to do with her. Recuperating with family friends who run a small village shop, he experiences hallucinatory images of himself in the Beowulf legend, a story he shared with his father. As Troy's modern-day story - his loss of memory, his estrangement and fear of his own mother - interweaves with the vanquishing of the hell-hag and later the dragon by himself and Beowulf, standing shoulder to shoulder, Troy finally becomes reconciled to the death of his father.

Shadow of the beast - Maggie Pearson

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Title
Shadow of the beast
Author
Maggie Pearson
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Hodder Children's Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20020815

Troy is the child of divorced parents, living with his mother - but caught in the war between his parents for custody. His father arranges for them to run away. The car crashes and his father is killed.



Troy, surviving, cannot - will not - believe it, blames both himself and his mother, and will have nothing to do with her. Recuperating with family friends who run a small village shop, he experiences hallucinatory images of himself in the Beowulf legend, a story he shared with his father. As Troy's modern-day story - his loss of memory, his estrangement and fear of his own mother - interweaves with the vanquishing of the hell-hag and later the dragon by himself and Beowulf, standing shoulder to shoulder, Troy finally becomes reconciled to the death of his father.

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Maggie Pearson has worked as a librarian, bar-maid, au pair and freelance journalist, but mostly as a mother. Her first novel, OWL LIGHT, was a WH Smith Mind Boggling Book. Now that her three sons are grown up, Maggie writes full time.

SHADOW OF THE BEAST ... A narrative built on layers of dreams and memories ... the merging of an ordinary, fallible man with the legendary hero is moving. A well placed story with a satisfying ending.
Armadillo

DARK OF THE MOON: 'Maggie Pearson is rapidly becoming one of our finest writers of fantasy.'
The School Librarian

OWL LIGHT
'On no account miss this fast-paced, literate comedy thriller. More Please. Soon.'
Jan Mark, Carousel

... a marvellous novel full of action, mystery and wonderful characters . . . Utterly absorbing and never fails to surprise.
The Scotsman

The themes of animal conservation and barbaric traditions like badger-baiting are handled with great sensitivity.
The School Librarian

TES

Absolutely gripping stuff ... Maggie Pearson is a great story-teller.
East Anglian Daily Times

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Bereavement - Psychological aspects - Fiction.|Fantasy fiction.|Young adult fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
224

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