Soft Cover: gently used condition (stock photo)
- Series: The Mysterious Mr. Spines (Book 1)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (February 5, 2009)
Grade 4–6—Edward Macleod, a 14-year-old orphan, has been sent to a school for difficult children by his guardian aunt. When strange things start happening to him, such as being able to move objects with his mind and wings sprouting on his back, he attempts to find out what he really is and where he belongs.
When evil Whiplash Scruggs tries to cut off his wings, Edward flees with the help of a mysterious Mr. Spines, even though he's not sure this half-man, half-porcupine can be trusted. From him, Edward learns that his mother is trapped in the Afterlife and needs his help to move on. This is a fast-moving story about a character who arouses sympathy from the moment he is introduced. Taller than other children but gentle and harmless, Edward has no idea of his powers or abilities. Life hits him hard but he finds the strength to push forward with the hope of finding something better just ahead. The ending leaves readers wanting more. The introduction of demons, angels, and myths could confound less sophisticated readers, but the strong story line and characterization help overcome any confusion and allow them to accept the narrative as it unfolds.