The winner of the 1995 Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and its sequel – now available in one book! Powers and his son Boothe, alias MapHead, are visitors from the Subtle World – a world that exists side by side with our own. MapHead is able to flash up a map of any place across his head. In the first book, he is twelve and has come to meet his human mother for the first time. In the second, he is a little older and plays a vital role in helping Jack Stamp and his family. These best-selling and highly acclaimed novels can now be owned together for the very first time in an attractive, top-value bind-up.;Winner of the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. Also Highly Commended for the Carnegie Award and shortlisted for the 1995 Young Telegraph Book of the Year. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The 12-year-old hero of this darkly intriguing fantasy hails from the Subtle World, a parallel universe, and, like the other shadow beings there, he has strange powers. He can travel through time, erase or alter memory and move undetected among humans, and, as the title suggests, he can reproduce the layout of any terrain on his face and bald head. MapHead and his father come to earth in order to search for the boy’s human mother, Kay, whose memory of the relationship that produced MapHead has been blanked out. Adopting the names Booth and Powers from a movie they see, Maphead and his father hide out in a greenhouse in an English village, where MapHead attends school. The details of Powers and Kay’s liaison are noticeably sparse, and the story bogs down after MapHead finds his mother but must await Powers’s permission to contact her. But Howarth creates a strong, genuine bond between MapHead and his father, and in describing the boy’s longing for a relationship with his mother she adds fine emotional flourishes to her imaginative story. Ages 12-15.
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