Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect.
Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend - until the sinister, predatory Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda's door one day. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he's sniffed out Rudger. After a terrible accident, Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn't really there survive without a friend to dream him up?
The scenes between Amanda and Rudger, as they dream and play together, are beautifully handled and the striking, stylised illustrations by Emily Gravett add a further mystery and excitement. A poignant read.
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- themes: love, loss, fear, memory and imagination.
- heavily illustrated with black and white illustration throughout and some colour
- 224 pages
- Requires sustained reading between sessions. Can be read independently or as a class novel with key passages selected for closer reading in smaller groups.
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