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Blood On Snow

Written by Tim Bowler

Illustrated by Jason Cockroft

Part of the Tales from the Dark Side Series

Blood On Snow Synopsis

In a fast-moving plot, 14-year-old Will terrifyingly experiences a voice from the past when visiting the Norman remains of Totnes Castle in Devon. He comes to realise that a boy took revenge on the Normans for the murder of his father and was himself killed in 1067 when local Saxons were brutally enslaved to build the Castle. But the boy's spirit cannot rest until the knife he used is returned to the River Dart to complete Saxon tradition. Will breaks into the castle at night to dig up the knife, but then the nightmare begins as he relives his Saxon forebear's horrific ordeal. A gripping story with sympathetic characters. Part of a unique range of books aimed at 11+s that through integration of text and illustration are also accessible to those with reading abilities of as young as 8. Produced in consultation with literacy consultant Wendy Cooling,

Blood On Snow Press Reviews

Bowler is a very fine witer for teenagers ... [Blood on Snow] is strong on atmosphere and suspense and genuinely scary ... With its short sentences, accessible, familiar vocabulary and clearly defined dialogue, this is a book written specially for the reluctant or disaffected reader ... Illustrated by the equally talented Jason Cockcroft ... One to recommend to under-confident readers. * Books for Keeps * A bloodcurdlingly chilling story ... This heaven made marriage between a Carnegie winning author and an award winning illustrator ... The timeslipping plot is a complex though skilfully handled one, the characters real and sympathetic and the illustrations bold enough to bridge the comprehension and fluency gap ... There's no dumbing down in the language, or plotting, and the strong sense of place and of period seeps from the pages. .. Aimed at the 11+ but accessible to those with a reading age of 8. Ideal ... for reading aloud of for paired reading. * School Librarian * A quick chilling read with superb illustrations. * The Irish Times * A chilling story that builds to a dramatic climax, it's scary at times but levelled out by the cast of sympathetic characters. * Junior * A quick, chilling read with superb illustrations * The Irish Times * Strong on atmosphere and suspense and genuinely scary * Books For Keeps * A chilling story that builds to a dramatic climax * Junior *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340881736
Publication date: 15th September 2005
Author: Tim Bowler
Illustrator: Jason Cockroft
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 128 pages

About Tim Bowler

Tim Bowler is the Carnegie medal winning author of RIVER BOY and a number of other highly acclaimed novels for teenagers.

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