Author(s): Barbara Else
Harsu has five droplets of god blood and a treasured cloak to remember his father by. Now his father is gone, he lives with his mother, his only friend an old onager donkey. And something is not right with Harsu's mother. She has started kidnapping children, and sometimes her skin grows a soft down, little sharp ears emerge, and she turns into a horrible stoat. Harsu doesn't know if five godlet drops are enough to help him rescue the kidnapped children and turn his own mother to good. And now that he is twelve, he too might be becoming a were-animal...
Kathleen's Review - This is a romp through time with poor Harsu trying desperately to fix things. What a fun read!
Fairytale, time travel and adventure for middle readers.
"This is an original and unusual story with all the best characteristics of Barbara’s writing: brilliant world-building, frequently funny and a morally strong, engaging hero."
Julia Marshall, Publisher
Barbara Else is one of New Zealand’s most successful writers, well known for her sharp humour. She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature, and has worked as a university tutor, editor and freelance writer.