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The Tricksters Library Binding – Sep 1 1999


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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Topeka Bindery (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613192486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613192484
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1 2002
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a story that's a little out of the ordinary, pick up "The Tricksters" by Margaret Mahy. "The Tricksters" is romance, supernatural phenomena, mystery and family drama all rolled into one book full of rich detail and fully realized characters. Mahy's writing is superb. There is nothing basic about the basic plot of "The Tricksters" buy I'll try to sum it up as briefly as possible: Harry (really Ariadne) is on Christmas vacation at the beach (New Zealand - the seasons are swapped) with her family. The five Hamilton children and their parents have been returning to "Carnivals Hide," their vacation home for several years. The place is a family tradition for them and holds the romance and intrigue of the mysterious past of it's original owners, the Carnivals. The children often retell the story and play pretend games involving young Teddy Carnival, a former resident of the home, who tragically drowned, leaving his poor grieving father to sink further into the seclusion of Carnival's Hide.
This Christmas, Harry and her family are surprised by three unexpected visitors. Ovid and his twin brothers Hadfield and Felix appear on the beach one day. They perform magic tricks and speak in eloquent riddles and tell of a connection to the Carnival family. To Harry, they appear to have been born straight out of her own imagination - the romance novel she is secretly writing - and she suspects they are not the jovial, romantic brothers they portray but a mystery of a more sinister nature. Who and what are the three tricksters and what is there true business at Carnival's Hide and with the Hamilton family? Magically, the answers are teased out in riddles and hints until finally they culminate in the revelations of a family secret.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 8 2002
Format: Paperback
My review of this book was that it was a very long and drawn out boring book. I feel sorry for those people who actually like to read boring books like this. I can kind of tell if a book is boring if in the first twenty and a half chapters are so boring that I would rather do my chores instead of reading this stupid book. I can't help it , but man the only interesting part in the whole book is the last three chapters, but even at the end of the twenty third chapter it was so boring that I could hardly stay awake to read the end of this stupid book.
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Format: Hardcover
The Tricksters is an intriguing and challenging novel. It is good for ages 11- adult. You will love this book if you like compelling, thrilling and suspenseful novels.
The book begins at the family's vacation home, Carnival's Hide, where many years ago the tragic death of Teddy Carnival had taken place. Harry, 17, feels out of place in her family. She is not beautiful, like Christobel, her sister. She isn't the youngest, like Benny and Serena, nor the oldest, like Charlie. Harry, is tired of being known as docile and simple.
In her attic bedroom, she writes a romantic novel of a hero named Belen. Early one morning, while out jogging, she finds three brothers, the Tricksters, in their human form. The three brothers hold a threat to the family, but the only one who realizes this fact is Harry.
The Tricksters are the three parts of Teddy Carnival. Harry finds herself in love with the "best part". The other two parts of Teddy Carnival are the real threats.
The two parts have the power of all three. When the third part's strong emotions for Harry overcome the other's powers, reality and the supernatural come together in one horrible moment.
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Format: Library Binding
Every Christmas, the Hamilton family spends the holiday season at Carnival's Hide, a house built ninety years earlier by but never lived in by Edward Carnival, a prominant forester and gardener, on the shores of New Zealand. Every Christmas, they recount how Edward's son, Teddy, was lost and presumed dead in a diving accident. This Christmas, however, will be different.
Not only do they welcome Anthony, a visitor from England, in taking part in their celebrations, but their second oldest daughter, Harry (short for Ariadne), encounters three strangers on the beach on night. At once intimidating and attractive, the three brothers claim to be descendants of Edward Carnival. Their true origins, however, seep into the world of the unreal and will affect the members of the Hamilton family in many ways, from romance to unrest to family secrets. Are they who they claim to be or, as she believes, manifestations from Harry's private novel? Her own infatuation with one of the brothers could put her family at risk before she discovers the truth.
Margaret Mahy weaves a skillful tale full of intriguing characters and atmosphere in an urban fantasy which is fast paced and suspenseful. Her use of language is clear yet often poetic as she infuses the fantastic with the real as she juggles this family of unique characters and their guests, both welcome and unwelcome.
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By A Customer on May 14 2002
Format: Paperback
The first Margaret Mahy book I read was The Haunting. I must have been about eight years old. That book has since earned a permanent place on my bookshelf, so when I spotted The Tricksters on the "New Books" shelf at the Phoenix Public Library 20 years later, I didn't hesitate to pick it up.
This is a rich, complex, multilayered book. I particularly love it for summer reading because, although the story takes place during Christmas, it is also set in New Zealand, so Christmas falls during the height of summer. A large family and their assorted friends and guests make their annual holiday retreat to a remote seaside house with a history of its own. This summer, however, will alter everything, as Harry -- teenage girl, oft-neglected middle child, and keeper of various secrets -- sets into motion a chain of events which forces her entire family to confront not only the house and their dark fascination with its past, but themselves as well.
For me, this is primarily a ghost story full of psychological twists, tricks and turns (not to mention real menace at times) but it is equally a story about family and the way the past can hang over the present, particularly in the sets of siblings involved: why is it that some members of a family seem destined to blaze forever, no matter what their fate, while their brothers or sisters inevitably sink unnoticed into the background? And how do you measure the damage when one girl feels her family's preoccupation with a man presumed drowned and gone for a century outweighs its interest in her? I also find irresistible any story that presents a house as practically a breathing entity, as restless and yearning to resolve and put to rest what happened inside its walls as the people.
I admit Mahy's style isn't for everyone.
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