J G Ballard's Empire of the Sun meets Susan Hill's The Woman in Black in a compelling teen thriller ...Ruby - a Western girl who feels more Chinese than English - and her friend Charlie must follow the Yangtze hundreds of miles upriver, travelling by Chinese junk and rogue steamer, through bandit and ghost haunted countryside - doggedly tracking Moonface as he spirits Charlie's sister Fei off to his home village.
Everything is in flux around them: civil war pulsing, with Nationalists, Communists and warlord bandits struggling for control.
The river rises and falls, villages spring up and are gone again.
Ruby and Charlie brave a shipwreck and a gunbattle and then take a perilous cliff path to Moonface's lair.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 07/04/2016
- Category: Crime & mystery fiction (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9781444924497