The Changing Man


The Changing Man is set in the prestigious boarding school Nithercott.  New student Ife is struggling to fit in. She would definitely rather not be there at all.  Not all her peers are friendly, and she feels increasingly lonely and homesick. Fellow new kids Ben and Bijal also have their own struggles.  Ben’s beloved older brother has disappeared, and nobody seems overly concerned. Bijal knows the entire history and stories about Nithercott and is desperate to make some friends.

Bijal is familiar with the school legend of The Changing Man, unseen, but thought to be responsible for a number of student disappearances.  As the students get to know each other they realise that something strange is indeed haunting the school hallways.   Could the urban legend of The Changing Man be true?

This is an excellent and immediate debut novel by Tomi Oyemakinde, full of thrills, creepy goings on and populated by engaging and likeable characters, as well as some seriously villainous villains.

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The Changing Man

Tomi Oyemakinde

(Pan MacMillan)

The Changing Man is an impressive and scary debut novel by Tomi Oyemakinde.  Ife Adebola finds herself starting at a new boarding school, Nithercott.   She would prefer not to be, not least because her parents cannot really afford the tuition fees.  This is despite her being in the Urban Achievers scholarship program, established by the school.  She knows no-one at the school and struggles to make friends, while her teachers, apart from the affable head, Mr Ingram, are very strange.  What’s more a girl called Bijal is trying way too hard to be her friend.
Ife decides she wants nothing to do with the school, but her parents insist.  She soon learns that several children have gone missing from the school, apparently never to be seen again.  There is a school legend about The Changing Man being responsible – but no-one claims to know who (or what) it is.
When another student, Malika, begins acting strange, Ife really begins to wonder whether there is anything in the rumours.  She begins to think that there is something very creepy going on at Nithercott.  Is there any connection to the missing older brother of her classmate, Ben?  Reluctantly at first, Ife teams up with Ben and Bijal to investigate. Can the trio act quickly enough to uncover who is behind everything, before one, or maybe all of them, become The Changing Man’s next victim?


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