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Daylight Saving

Written by Edward Hogan

Featured Books for 13+ readers Horror / Ghost Stories Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Daylight Saving

Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013 & shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award

A chilling ghost story unfolds fast as the mysterious Lexi’s watch moves steadily backwards and Daniel discovers he must solve the mystery of her terrible wounds before Summer Time ends… Daniel knows he is going to hate everything about his trip to the Leisure World Holiday Complex with his dad. He hates sports and has no intention of doing much more than watching TV. But, when Lexi appears mysteriously on his very first day and then unexpectedly on other occasions, Daniel is drawn into helping her to confront the sinister darkness from her past. 

A Review by Katy Poulter, age 12 

Daylight Saving is a strange book that is very quick and easy to read. I am absolutely petrified of ghosts so all the way through this book I was looking over my shoulder just to make sure, but it wasn't an ordinary ghost story, it was about a poor soul trapped in a loop, dead yet she could still feel pain and there was a lot of pain to feel due to her horrific death but she could also feel love. It was a love that could never be, for a start, he was alive and she was dead and there was the small detail that every time he got close to her, new wounds opened up on his body and also, nobody else could see her. I enjoyed reading this but I felt something was missing to really engage me as a reader.

Katy Poulter is a member of the Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel but she has reviewed this novel in the first instance for the Leeds Book Award as it is one of the 2013 shortlisted titles. The organisers have kindly agreed to let us also make use of Katy's review.


Daylight Saving Synopsis

This is a brilliant thriller ghost story by a new name in teenage fiction. 

Daylight Saving Press Reviews

'There's a subtle magic to Hogan's prose.' Independent on Sunday

'Ed's voice is utterly distinctive: strong, emotive, haunting. His powers of observation seem almost supernatural.' Hilary Mantel

'Edward Hogan’s novel is a gripping, fast-paced thriller. A triumph.' -


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ISBN: 9781406337174
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406337174
Publication date: 2nd February 2012
Author: Edward Hogan
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Horror / Ghost Stories
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Edward Hogan

Edward Hogan was born in Derby in 1980 and lives in Brighton. His first adult novel, Blackmoor, won the Desmond Elliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Daylight Saving is his first novel for teenagers. AS A CHILD "I grew up in a small village in Derbyshire. It had a big park, a Co-op, and some woods, and that was all I needed. I spent a lot of time reading, and the rest of the time playing football with my brother, Blake. I played for the city and ...

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