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The Wickford Doom

Written by Chris Priestley

Illustrated by Vladimir Stankovic

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on The Wickford Doom

Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8  Chris Priestley has a gift for writing frightening stories, and this short wartime-set novel for Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia, is bound to send shivers down the spine. Harry and his mother receive some unexpected good news: they’ve inherited an old manor house on the Suffolk coast. But the inheritance turns out to be nothing more than a cruel trick, and being there puts Harry in mortal danger. Indeed, he ends up in a battle with a supernatural enemy threatening more death and destruction even than Hitler. A sense of foreboding builds steadily from the opening pages, and the 1940s setting gives added moral weight to questions about duty, and freedom. Best read with the lights on!  ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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The Wickford Doom Synopsis

When Harry and his mother inherit a house from a mysterious relative of his father's following his death in the War, they travel across the country to discover the bequeathing was a cruel trick - the house has fallen into the sea. But it seems there's even more afoot at Wickford Hall than they first imagined, as tales of lost children and evil paintings soon capture Harry's imagination. Is there something evil lurking in the land? And can Harry defeat it before it swallows him up too?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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ISBN: 9781781124093
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781124093
Publication date: 15th January 2015
Author: Chris Priestley
Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction

About Chris Priestley

Chris Priestley has been a cartoonist and illustrator for many years, working mainly for magazines and newspapers.  He currently has a weekly strip cartoon called 'Payne's Grey' in the New Statesman. Ever since he was a teenager Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories, with fond memories of buying comics like 'Strange Tales' and 'House of Mystery', watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M R James ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Ray Bradbury.  He hopes Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror will haunt his readers in the way those ...

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