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In the cottages around The Green sleeps a memory of long-dead hands that once wielded a terrible power. Now it is only slumbering, waiting for somewhere to feed and grow, someone to embrace its awesome power and turn it to new purposes. On the eve of Bonfire Night it is nudged to wakefulness: a stranger all the way from Canada on a quest for family history; friends Jan and Kate’s sortie into a long-closed attic to find debris for the bonfire on The Green. This is a community holding an uneasy truce between tourist interest in legends of witchcraft and the terrible reality of a fire that burned scores of cottages and their inhabitants years before. Bonfire Night looms; objectors say there hasn’t been a bonfire on The Green since The Fire and there shouldn’t ever be again. The waking power feeds on the anxieties, puts out tendrils in search of a mind to sieze – and finds Jan. Into her hands will flow the deadly malevolence that once made The Burning. Into her mind will flow the hatred that once consumed everything ….

Reviews

a good story that holds the reader to the end
More Books to Enjoy 12-16, SLA 2000
another imaginative tale by this award-winning children's author
Belfast Telegraph, 1st April 2000
THE BURNING: 'The insidiousness of evil is beautifully handled in Allen's exploration of jealousy and revenge.'
Janni Howker in TES
The writing style is exceptional ... Highly recommended, school libraries should add THE BURNING to their collection and explore other titles by this gifted author.
Beth Ashworth, Teacher Librarian, Fiction Focus
LORD OF THE DANCE: 'An intriguing and well written psychological novel.'
The Northern Echo
THE BURNING: 'The writing is tense and the complex plotting assured, which adds up to an exciting, imaginative tale . . . '
BfK
LORD OF THE DANCE: 'This is a fascinating book which will not remain long on the shelves but should certainly be available for young teenage readers.'
The School Librarian
THE SPRING ON THE MOUNTAIN: 'Unusual ... with moments of real beauty.'
Junior Bookshelf
THE SPRING ON THE MOUNTAIN: 'Elemental is exactly the word to describe its strange plot. ... Spellbinding.'
Manchester Evening News
The writing is tense and the complex plotting assured...an exciting, imaginative tale.
Books for Kids
Beautifully handled.
The Times Educational Supplement
Exceptional.
Fiction Focus