Nobody likes Tulip. She has no friends and everybody thinks she is strange. However, Natalie thinks being with Tulip is funny and excitinig. They spend a lot of time together and always play weird games like 'Road of bones'. Tulip often tells awful lies which nobody believes. Natalie doesn't care what others think of Tulip.
Tulip is keen on fire. She loves it to see things burning. So she and Natalie light dustbins sometimes.
Time after time even Natalie realizes that there is really something wrong with Tulip and she get afraid of her.
One day a girl from their school dies. Tulip knows that. She visits the mother of the girl and asks if she could go for a walk with her daughter. The mother thinks that this is a bad misunderstanding but the next day Tulip asks her again.
Natalie is disgusted of what Tulip has done. She doesn't want to be friends with her any more. One day Natalie says something mean to Tulip. But that was a big mistake...
If you want to know what Tulip's revenge looks like and why she is doing all the horrible things, you have to read this book.
I liked the book because it is rather realistic. This story could also happen in the real world. I really understood what people around Tulip were thinking. In the end you nearly can feel Natalie's fear on you own. The book is exciting and sad too. Anne Fine really deserves it to be 'Winner of the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year' and being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal for this amazing book. There is only one thing I have to criticize: the first part of the book was a little bit boring because nothing exciting happens.