The Devil Walks by Anne Fine
  

The Devil Walks

Written by Anne Fine

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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.

Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine is a brilliant teller of stories of any mood. Prepare to be terrified in this chilling story of a stalking evil and the devastation it causes. Shut away from the world during his childhood by his quiet and subdued mother, Daniel is released by kindly neighbours with nothing left from his former life but a doll’s house. Playing with the house and the dolls left in it Daniel frees a character capable of causing untold harm. How Daniel unravels the mystery behind this character and the truth about his past is utterly compelling.

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The Devil Walks by Anne Fine

'The devil walks ...But the devil can make no headway if he has no help. We must invite him in ...'

Raised in secrecy by a mother everyone thinks has gone mad, Daniel's only link to his past is the intricately built model of the family home - High Gates. The dolls' house is perfect in every detail. As Daniel is reunited with the last remaining member of his family - his 'uncle' Severin, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a sinister wooden doll he has found hidden in the house, he begins to suspect that this vicious, haunted puppet of a figure has a chilling influence, bringing cruelty and spite in its wake. Now Daniel's very life is at risk as his uncle is determined to get his hands on the figure ...The menace builds throughout in this deliciously creepy Gothic tale.


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"Crackling with suspense, The Devil Walks is a dense psychological thriller set in a richly imagined past. Moody and unsettling, it is filled with intrigue and uncertainty to keep readers guessing until the last page. The past comes to life in this sparsely told novel, infused with subtle comment about child welfare and not to be missed." Jake Hope, The Bookseller

'One of the sharpest and most humorous observers of the human condition writing today for the young.’ School Librarian

‘[Anne Fine] is translated into 26 languages and has regularly won every major children’s literary award in the land, including the Carnegie Medal twice and the Whitbread Children’s Novel award twice . . . There are few more influential, or more unfailingly intelligent, authors at work.’ Scotsman

‘A subversively wicked gift for exploring family tensions’ - Independent

'Fine couldn't write an unengaging novel if she tried. Gripping from the start, this is supremely professional writing' - Independent

About the Author

Anne Fine

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected.

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.

Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire became the major feature film 'Mrs Doubtfire' starring Robin Williams. Anne was named Children's Laureate in 2002 and made an OBE for services to children's literature in 2003.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author or click here to read an extended biography in which Anne talks about her writing.

Here is a letter from author, Sarah Forbes to Anne Fine, who visited her home town when she was eight and made a lasting impression.

Dear Anne Fine,
You won’t remember this, but in the late 1980s you visited Stonehaven Library as part of an author tour. Stonehaven is a lovely place: a small seaside resort on the east coast of Scotland near Aberdeen. It has an open-air swimming pool and a ruined castle. These days it’s famous for being the home of the deep-fried Mars bar. (Yes, I have eaten a deep-fried Mars bar. No, that isn’t why I’m writing this.)

I remember your visit vividly because I was an avid, avid reader of your books. You coming to town was like having a famous pop star parachute in for the day. The excitement of having an actual, real author come to speak to us! Someone whose books I could reach out and touch on the library shelves in the children’s section upstairs where you did your event.

For a kid living in a big literary city like Edinburgh or London, meeting authors might not be such a big deal. Authors tend to work hard to promote their books and the ones I know do as many events as they can. But let me tell you, rural Aberdeenshire in the 80s was not a hotbed of literary discovery, and you coming to town meant a lot. I think that was the point when I realized writing could be a career. Maybe one day, I could be a writer too.

Many, many years later, I found myself back in the children’s section of Stonehaven Library promoting my own children’s books. That felt incredibly weird and incredibly lovely all at the same time. I’m excited to say I’ll also be talking to kids about my Elspeth Hart books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month. I have so much fun doing my own events, but my favourite part is when I ask if anyone likes writing or wants to be a writer and dozens of hands shoot up. The ideas these kids have are amazing. I wonder if it’s easier to dream your way into becoming a writer when you meet grown-ups who’ve done the same thing?

Either way, I relish every minute of getting to meet my readers, and part of the reason I appreciate it, Anne, is you.

Warm wishes,
Sarah Forbes

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Format

Hardback

Author

Anne Fine
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Author's Website

www.annefine.co.uk/

Publisher

Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

7th July 2011

ISBN

9780857530646

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