Author(s): Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
The old Dublin Button Factory hides a secret. There, Jessie meets a boy who walks through walls but can't remember his own name. She also discovers the Timecatcher, a swirling, powerful magic, which every seven years reveals the past, both good and bad, in a jumble of days. The Timecatcher is about to open now.
Brilliant fiction debut from a highly-acclaimed picture book artist. Ghosts are always popular characters in children's book - and G is a lovable character with whom readers will instantly empathise. Strongly rooted in modern-day Dublin, Ghostboy also embraces aspects of Irish history and culture. Irish children's writers are hugely popular locally and abroad - think Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), Kate Thompson (Winner 2005 Whitbread and Guardian Children's Fiction prizes). Marie-Louise would be our first Irish author on the OCB list.
"The story of a twelve year old girl who gets sucked into defending the mysterious Timecatcher, this book is fun and jaw-droppingly clever... I absolutely loved this book! I wish I had read it when I was about eleven, because I can guarantee I would have enjoyed it twice as much then. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick's writing is brilliant - succinct and humorous with just the right amount of description - ideal for that eleven year old me" THEBOOKBAG "An imaginative and clever story with an interesting cast of characters and a refreshingly unpredictable plot... Full of magic, ghosts and mysteries this is an appealing story for the able upper Keystage 2 reader." WRITE AWAY "With a mix of extraordinary characters the plot advances in a vortex towards disaster. Timecatcher is a thoroughly entertaining read for age 11 to mid teens" IRISH EXAMINER (Weekend) "a fast-paced novel, full of surprises." IRISH TIMES
Born in Dublin (where she still lives) in 1962, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She frequently gives talks, workshops and conducts residencies for all age groups throughout Ireland. In addition, she has worked at the Irish College in Paris and was writer-in-residence at Hollins University, Virginia USA. Apart from travelling, her interests include photography, history ... and chocolate. Her books have been published throughout the world in various co-editions.