Hagurosan by Darren Shan
  

Hagurosan

Written by Darren Shan
Illustrated by Zack McLaughlin

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One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8

A tale full of wonder from the master story-telling Darren Shan! Hagurosan is sent by his mother to take an offering of cake to the spirits of the shrine. Feeling peckish on his way there, Hagurosan eats the cake! Convinced he will be cursed forever, Hagurosan is terrified, but luckily he has a chance to redeem himself and to bring happiness to others for many years to come. An original story with a traditional feel. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

Mairi Kidd, MD, Barrington Stoke says “We’re incredibly excited to publish Hagurosan. Our readers and their parents beg us for dyslexia-friendly books by the authors they wish they could read and Darren’s name appears again and again. It’s very exciting to be able to answer their wishes in our 15th birthday year. We’re also very moved by Darren’s decision to donate his royalties to the wonderful No Strings International.

Synopsis

Hagurosan by Darren Shan

When Hagurosan is told to take an offering to the shrine, he reluctantly begins his trek up the mountain. But when he gets hungry and eats the cake meant for the spirits, things take a turn that no one could have expected.

Atmospheric tale from one of the most successful authors writing today. Hagurosan has angered the spirits and must now face the consequences of his actions...

Darren Shan reads from Hagurosan from Mairi Kidd on Vimeo.

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Hagurosan is an easy to read short novel that has a heart-warming ending, and a message that people could help each other in a crisis if they try. Fantasy Book Review

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About the Author

Darren Shan

Darren Shan's real name is Darren O'Shaughnessy. Although he is Irish he was actually born at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London -- directly across the river from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster (which may explain his fascination with evil bloodsuckers ...).

He lived in SouthEast London until the age of six, when he moved to Limerick in Ireland, with his parents and younger brother, and has lived there ever since (but he never lost his London accent!).

He later returned to London to study Sociology and English at Roehampton University. He then worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23.

Although Shan always wanted to be a writer, it was only in his teenage years that he began writing in his spare time for fun (before that, he only wrote stories if they were for homework). He bought his first typewriter when he was 14, and never looked back, knocking out loads of short stories and comic scripts, and making false starts on several books, which he never completed. He enjoyed his first taste of literary success at age 15, as a runner-up in a television script-writing competition for RTE in Ireland, with a dark comedy script titled A Day in the Morgue (he was morbid even then!).

All of these early books were adult-oriented. Although Shan quite liked the idea of writing a children’s book one day, he considered himself an adult writer first and foremost. In fact, Shan’s initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in 1999.

In January 2000, his first children’s book, Cirque du Freak, which he’d written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled The Saga of Darren Shan (or Cirque du Freak, as it’s known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!

Shan loved writing for children so much, that for the next several years he focused almost exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of 12 books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with The Demonata, a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, The Demonata cemented Shan’s place in the UK as the Master Of Children’s Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestseller. He also wrote a one-off short book, called Koyasan, for World Book Day in the UK.

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Paperback
72 pages

Author

Darren Shan
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th May 2013

ISBN

9781781122068

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