Cristy Burne has joint New Zealand and Australian citizenship, has travelled widely and lived for several years in Japan as a teacher and editor. It was during this time that she became fascinated with Japanese folklore and the supernatural yokai - demons - which are very much a part of Japanese culture, but little known outside Japan. Cristy has spent most of her career as a science writer and currently works for a computing network designed to solve global problems. She won the Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Award for emerging writers, in Queensland, Australia, and the inaugural Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award (click here to find out more about this prize). Cristy and her husband live in East London.
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As with the author's two earlier Takeshita Demons titles this is a fast-paced, compulsive read that appeals to a wide audience; children as young as 8 or 9 through to adults. Each of the titles is a standalone read but the characters in the three are consistent. This time Miku and her friends must solve the trail of clues to finally banish evil from their world. Manga style illustrations throughout complement the story brilliantly.
The Filth Licker is the eagerly awaited sequel to Takeshita Demons, winner of the inaugural Diverse Voices Children's Book Award. Cristy Burne's gripping story of Miku, a feisty young Japanese girl living in England, and her fight against the Takeshita Demons is a fast-paced and hugely entertaining contemporary adventure. The novel is interspersed with some Manga style illustrations from the author/illustrator of The Manga Bible. The author on her inspiration for the Takeshita Demons series: 'The demons are all real: just as Western cultures have vampires and werewolves and witches, japanese people have kappa and oni. I first heard of these demons while living in Japan working as a techer and studying Japanese and their culture.'
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. About the Diverse Voices Award: 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. Click here for the whole series of Takeshita Demons books.
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