"You're really starting to look haunted, you know . . . sort of yellowish and transparent like cooking oil, and your eyes are funny."
Eight-year-old Barney has been haunted before. He thought it was something he'd just grow out of, like the imaginary friends his step-mother believes he has. But this time it's different. Footsteps follow him, there's a demanding voice barking orders, and Barney begins to feel that sometimes his body is not his own at all . . .
With the help of his sisters, Tabitha and Troy, Barney sets out to uncover the truth about their family secrets and to find out once and for all who is haunting him.
The Haunting is a thrilling ghost story about a 'mostly ordinary' family and a secret legacy.
'Mahy projects the haunting with such imaginative force and seriousness that you'll hear those footsteps and that husky voice as Barney does' Kirkus
Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated children's writers. She is the author of more than 150 titles, which have been translated into many different languages and sold around the world. Appointed to the Order of New Zealand in 1993, Mahy also won many global prizes for children's writers, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.
'It is in the nature of books, that they have the capacity to make you feel powerful about what you can alter and achieve in your life' - Margaret Mahy
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