Robert Westall

The Scarecrows

‘There were three figures standing among the turnips. Quite motionless. So inhumanly motionless it was beyond belief. Who were they? He had to know.’

While reluctantly spending the summer at his hated stepfather’s house, Simon Wood takes refuge from family pressures in the old mill house across the field. A discarded newspaper shows that it has been empty since 1943, but somehow Simon knows that there’s more to the mill than meets the eye. Someone or something is watching and waiting, but for what?

When the scarecrows appear, Simon knows that it’s only a matter of time before he is faced with a terrifying test.

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