Written by Cristy Burne
Illustrated by Siku
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Winner of the inaugural Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award 2009
A thrilling contemporary adventure wittily shot through with the powerful fantasy stories of the old demons from the Japanese past. Miku knows about the demons from growing up in Japan where her grandmother believed in them and taught her the best way to protect a home against them. Her mother thinks it a load of nonsense which is how she comes to be tricked by a sweet sounding woman who knocks at the door. That’s bad but when Miku gets to school and finds her teacher has been replaced by a demon, Miku knows things are serious. Miku and her friend Cait soon have their courage tested to the limit as they wage war against the demons and snatch Miku’s baby brother to safety.
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The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or the ethnic and cultural origins of its author. The winning writer must not previously have published a novel for children.
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Takeshita Demons by Cristy Burne
Miku Takeshita and her family have moved from Japan to live in the UK, but unfortunately the family's enemy demons have followed them! Miku knows she's in trouble when her new supply teacher turns out to be a Nukekubi - a bloodthirsty demon who can turn into a flying head and whose favourite snack is children. That night, in a raging snowstorm, Miku's little brother Kazu is kidnapped by the demons, and then it's up to Miku and her friend Cait to get him back. The girls break into their snow-locked school, confronting the dragon-like Woman of the Wet, and outwitting the faceless Nopera-bo. At last they come face to face with the Nukekubi itself - but will they be in time to save Kazu?
Cristy Burne says of her award-winning book: “Takeshita Demons is a rollicking adventure story about what happens when a crowd of spooky demons invade the lives of two ordinary school girls, Miku Takeshita and her pal Cait O’Neill. The demons are all real: just as Western cultures have vampires and werewolves and witches, Japanese people have kappa and oni and tengu. I first heard of these demons while living in Japan. I was there for three years, working as a teacher and editor and studying Japanese, and I found the Japanese culture fascinating.”
Find out more about Cristy and her adventures on the road to publication by clicking here.
's Book, and was aimed at recognising a manuscript that 'celebrates diversity in its widest possible sense'. Winner Christy Burne's Takeshita Demons does this admirably. || Monsters new to the West are introduced in Cristy Burne's Takeshita Demons, the winner of a Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices award, and illustrated in manga style by Siku. It is a pacy horror adventure in which a Japanese girl brings yokai (evil spirits) into an English school, and battles them with her friend in order to save her baby brother. Things get chilling when a supply teacher turns out to be a nukekubi (a child-eating spirit), whose head flies off. Fortunately, there are protective spirits, too. || I read Takeshita Demons in a few gulps. My first impressions were: wow, this is pretty damn good and then holy smokes, this is actually quite scary and then I love kick ass girls! ... Cristy Burne has this magical way of writing where with the slightest bit of explanation you completely suspend your disbelief and can totally believe that these monsters are hunting the Takeshita kids... Takeshita Demons is a spooky story, mild on horror with no gore, for those readers who like to be thrilled but not be mindlessly scared. It also asks to be read out loud to a class or at bed time, if your young folk is tough enough! || An extremely fast, action-packed story. 'Takeshita Demons'
's extensive use of dialogue helps the reader to formulate vivid images of each spooky demon, whilst maintaining a fast-paced adventure story. Similarly, Burne's first-hand informed knowledge of Japanese folklore is both easy-reading and surprisingly engaging. This is unquestionably a super book for encouraging diversity and promoting multicultural awareness within schools.'
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