Up the Pier Author:Helen Cresswell As Helen Cresswell's fantasy begins, the lonely Welsh seaside resort Carrie is visiting doesn't seem unusual. When Carrie explores the nearby pier and meets a dog and a boy, they seem perfectly normal--except that the meetings are always very sudden. But why do the seagulls gather, shrieking, over the boy and dog? Why does the pier keeper ins... more »ist there is no dog? And when she finally meets the boy's family, why are they afraid of her?
As Carrie's friendship with the Pontifexes grows, it leads her deep into another world, isolated in space and time, complete with shadowless inhabitants, magicians and spells. In it Carrie comes face to face with herself and her own deepest needs, and finds that she has to give up some things in order to keep them.« less