Cry of a Seagull
ISBN 0001911228 (0-00-191122-8)
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Hardcover, Armada, 1986
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Book summary: Favour! Since the beginning of time, this mystical horse had been coming and going on the earth to rescue the victims of evil and injustice, and wipe out the haunting legacies of past wrongs done through human violence and stupidity. Being still only a horse, although a spirit free in eternity, he used living people as messengers to carry out his work. People like Rose, at this special age when anything is possible. With the horse, she could transcend time and space to travel to other scenes in the past, present and future that were as real as her everyday life. Rose, chosen messenger of Favour, a magical grey horse that stands for the power of good, is not having an easy summer. Her grandfather is ill, and her mother has been called away to look after him, leaving thirteen-year-old Rose and her clueless father to manage without her. This means taking control of the hotel her mother runs by the sea in the full clamour of tourist season. Between complaining guests and her father upsetting the staff, Rose has her work cut out for her. All this work gets in the way of riding with her friend Abigail, and sailing with Ben, an older boy that comes to stay at the hotel every summer with his father. Overshadowing her earthly woes are her duties as a magical messenger. She is transported through time by Favour, witnessing important clues that all lead up to an injustice that Rose must prevent. To make matters worse, the evil Lord of the Moor is trying to stop her with his ghostly army. The distractions of her real life struggle against the importance of her mission, but Rose must overcome all difficulties, if good is to prevail. Cry of a Seagull, first published in 1986, is the last part of The Messenger fantasy series written by Monica Dickens.
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