Mr Sparks by Danny Weston

Mr Sparks

Written by Danny Weston

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Danny Weston writes decidedly creepy thrillers, and this will certainly send shivers down the spine. The eponymous Mr Sparks is an ancient wooden ventriloquist’s dummy, who claims to be a real boy. He can certainly think and speak for himself, and his character is so cruel and ruthless that to some he seems to be an incarnation of the Devil himself. When twelve-year-old Owen finds himself in the position of puppet master he has no choice but to do what Mr Sparks tells him – but just maybe Owen’s honesty and compassion will keep him safe. Set just after the end of the First World War, this is a very chilling and effective supernatural adventure. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review Danny Weston's chilling debut, The Piper

  • 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 >


Mr Sparks by Danny Weston

After his father goes missing in the Great War, Owen is abandoned to live with his cruel aunt, and wishes he could escape his life of drudgery in her small seaside guest house. There he meets a mysterious guest, who appears to make his ventriloquist's dummy speak, even in his sleep.

Soon Owen realises that the dummy, Mr Sparks, can really talk - and he's looking for a newer, younger puppet master. But Mr Sparks has a dark past...


Praise for The Piper

Wonderfully twisty chiller that's sure to make you want to keep all of the lights on this Halloween Scotsman

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

Weston's writing is spookily enchanting Literary Loves 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


352 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




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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