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The Lifters
    2018-06-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Twelve-year-old Granite Flowerpetal, hero of Dave Eggers’ first book for children, is having a rough time. His mechanic father is struggling to make enough money to support the family, which also includes Granite’s mother, who uses a wheelchair, and little sister Maisie. Dad’s solution is to move hundreds of miles to the town of Carousel, where things start going wrong as soon as they arrive.

Granite is worried about being the new kid at school, and hopes to make that easier with a slight name change, from the hard-edged* moniker* given to him by his father to balance the family surname to “Gran.” But nobody is interested in his name, or anything about him, and before long he discovers that something strange is going on under the surface of Carousel, literally so.

A dangerous, wind-like magical power called The Hollows is carving out tunnels beneath the town. This creates massive sinkholes into which houses fall, as well as most of the school. The town’s, possibly the world’s, only hope is a force of guardians*, the “Lifters” of the title. They use magical handles, known as lifts, to enter the tunnels and prop up the ground, but they’re fighting a losing battle.

Granite decides he wants to be part of the struggle, although it means having to persuade his spiky* classmate, and secret Lifter, Catalina Catalan that he’s up to it. He wins her over through his courage, but it also turns out that a past connection between his ancestors and the town could provide a real solution. Cue plenty of tension in a desperate race against time.

There is nothing new under the fantasy sun, of course, and “The Lifters” is a familiar kind of tale for 8 to 12-year-olds, one where a family’s unhappiness is reflected in a dark power that threatens to destroy everything. Yet there is a distinctly original feel to the way it’s told that sets it above many other examples of the genre. The characters are strong, well-rounded and engaging, and there is plenty of pace in the telling.

And Eggers can’t write a boring sentence, with “each word clicking into place as if she were making a puzzle out of glass.” Now that’s memorable, and so is the whole book.(SD-Agencies)

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