Reader Reviewed The Piper by Danny Weston

The Piper

Written by Danny Weston

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Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 12-16 age category - October 2014 Debut of the Month A haunting and moving story as something sinister from the past reaches out to two children evacuated to Romney Marsh in the Second World War. Newly arrived from London, Peter and Daisy are taken to Sheldon Grange. It’s a lonely place set deep in the Marsh and they are warned not to explore on their own. The house is full of strangeness and soon Daisy is drawn to the haunting music she can hear at night and to the children dancing to it. How can Peter keep her safe?

Commenting on his win, Danny said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially because it has been voted for, not by critics and industry insiders, but by the people who matter most; the young readers for whom the story was actually written. Thanks to everyone who voted for ‘The Piper’. You have rocked my world.”

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'If you like being on the edge of your seat, I recommend this book! By the way, if you do read it, I suggest that you do not read it at night.' Read full review >
  • Isobel Read, age 13 - '. It quite literally brought me chills while reading it, I had to make sure the window was closed! For me it was an easy read, as the mystery kept me fascinated! I hope others will enjoy it to!' Read full review >
  • Philip Wood, age 13 - 'This is a fantastic book which grips you from the very beginning.  Keep reading to see if Peter and Daisy,two evacuees, fall victim of the curse of Romney Marsh...I would thoroughly recommend this book.' Read full review >
  • Lewis Duckworth, age 13 - 'Danny Weston has made a fairly good novel about World War Two...I would recommend this book for years 10+.' Read full review >


The Piper by Danny Weston

When Peter and his little sister, Daisy, are evacuated from London to the countryside, they find themselves on an isolated farm in the middle of a treacherous marshland. As Daisy gets drawn deeper into the secrets of their new home, Peter starts to realise that something very sinister is going on. What is that music they can hear at night? And who are the children dancing to it?

He who pays the piper calls the tune.


Weston's writing is spookily enchanting. Literary Loves Blog

Don't miss out on this one, totally creepy and completely brilliant Askews & Holts Library Service

The best spine-tingling, atmospheric tale that I've read for some time. Warning: be prepared to be up all night. Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books blog

About the Author

Danny Weston is an author for children and young adults. He runs a writers' workshop in Manchester, where he lives with his girlfriend.

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Book Info


272 pages
Interest Age: From 12


Danny Weston
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd October 2014




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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