Author – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Age – 12+
Taney was about 4 when she 1st experienced 2nd sight. She didn’t know what is was, just that a boy was going to be bitten by a dog. When she tells her father (Da), he doesn’t say much at first. When it happens again she can see he’s not happy and he tells her not to tell a soul. When she learns from her neighbours that her mother had 2nd sight Taney finally has a name for it.
But the local children do find out and begin to call her a witch. One day as she is being taunted, an unlikely rescuer comes to her aid. Billy the Bowl is 17 and was born without legs and gets around in a wine barrel made into a wheeled cart. They become good friends as he tells her to celebrate her differences.
But something awful is happening in their city. Someone is strangling girls and robbing them – and Taney can ‘see’ them do it. How can she stop them, and who is the strangler?
A great story set in Georgian Dublin. I loved the language and voice of Taney.
(1st person, Georgian Dublin, Historical, Murder, Psychic, Friendship)