Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell

Library users become creatures of habit. We tend to borrow books from our favourite section and not wander into other sections.

The library’s Young Adult section contains books by many great authors and holds wonderful surprises for readers of any age.

One of these wonderful surprises was Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell. The story begins in 1927, when the main character, Rembrandt, is just 12 years old. His 2 aunts make a deadly deal with a man in a black top coat and a ‘glad-ta-meet-ya’ smile. In order to undo the wager, Rembrandt, his Pa, and Uncle Thompson, leave on a journey to find their champion that will help them defeat the Black Bottle Man. The only condition is that they cannot remain in the same place for more than 12 days or the Black Bottle Man will do something to ensure that they move on.

Although this book is located in the Young Adult section, it appeals to adult readers as well. It is a gripping tale that is impossible to put down.

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