Author(s): Maurice Gee
When Theo and Rachel Matheson head for Auckland to spend a fortnight with their uncle and aunt, they are prepared for the usual entertainments that the city can provide. Both are twins. Apart from both having red hair, there is nothing remarkable about them - or so they think.
But their relatives have curious neighbours who seem to take an unnatural interest in the red-haired twins. And once they meet the extraordinary Mr Jones, their holiday begins to take on a course of its own.
Beneath the supposedly extinct volcanoes that surround the city giant creatures are waking from a spellbound sleep of several thousand years. Their goal is the destruction of the world. Time is running out. The Matheson twins, chosen to oppose the monsters, know themselves to be as fallible as any other eleven-year-olds...
Winner of Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book 2004.