?You are not without power,? the voice tells them. But what powers do Jocasta, Flora and Cilla have, and how can they harness them to escape their Aunt Lureene? The more the three orphaned nieces discover about their cruel aunt, the more secrets they unearth, and the more horrified they become. What will happen to them if Lureene?s ultimate plan succeeds? Would Lureene really sacrifice her own twin sons for power? And what is it the girls possess that Lureene wants so desperately. They must find the answers before it?s too late. Tripswitch is the first title chosen to be a Collins Modern New Zealand Classic. With a new foreword written especially for this edition by Tessa Duder, this popular story is now available to a new generation of young readers. Tripswitch?s dark and humorous blend of witchcraft and intrigue is every bit as exciting today as it was when first written by Gaelyn Gordon in 1992.
Tessa Duder describes Gaelyn Gordon's death in May 1997 as an incalculable loss for New Zealand literature. Gaelyn wrote around 30 different fiction titles. She won a Choysa Bursary in 1989, a New Zealand Post Children's Choice award (with illustrator John Tarlton) for The Life-sized Inflatable Whale; and as a writer for adults she won the 1992 Frank Sargeson fellowship and a Creative New Zealand Scholarship in Letters. She was also a high-school English teacher and active in amateur dramatics.