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Best-selling teen author James Dawson turns his hand to horror in this chilling school story. Summoning up an old school ghost in front of a mirror in a room full of candles as part of a Halloween dare seems like a harmless prank. Bobbie is sure that it is just an old and harmless legend. But when girls begin to go missing and terrifying messages appear in unlikely places, it becomes clear that this is much, much more than just a story. The sinister reason why old-girl Mary haunts the past adds a contemporary twist to a blood curdling tale. A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large I am a real scaredy cat when it comes to watching scary films. So when I started reading the script for Say Her Name, touted as being an incredibly scary ghostly horror, set in a girls' boarding school, I was nervous. But I had seen and very much admired James Dawson's Hollow Pike, and so I was intrigued. And, boy, is Say Her Name scary! It is also funny, and very, very clever. James has been nominated for the UK Queen of Teen - and for good reason. He just 'gets' what's important for teenage readers. And how teenagers think, speak, bitch about each other, make up and break up. James's very funny writing, spiced with a ghostly chill is really quite unique. Read it and see what you think. But do beware of Bloody Mary. Oh, and have you got a dripping shower? Do get it checked out. Just in case...
This is a collection that brings together folk tales, legends and ghost stories that grew up around the First World War. Fascinating, moving, sometimes scary, these are the stories told by soldiers and the people they left behind, on both sides of the conflict from the haunted U-boat to the ghosts of the trenches. The author has also written a superb novel set during World War Two called One Day in Oradour which tells the story of a young boy whose village is wiped out by the Germans and only he survives.
April 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Charlie Higson continues his gripping zombie series which began with The Enemy. The Holloway Crew, weakened but still functioning, have now travelled across London and reached the Natural History Museum. Despite their failing powers, they are determined to fight for as long as it takes to hunt down the Enemy. But the kids in the museum are looking for a completely different answer. Will they find it in time?
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ On the day before their sister’s thirteenth birthday strangely magical things start to happen around twins Brin and Arlo. Where has the magic come from and why? After some hilarious adventures, Brin and Arlo discover a family secret that has been kept very well hidden by their parents! Who knows what they will grow up to be? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Count Dracula’s heir should have the best life in the world! Set to inherit a huge castle, a grand title and the fame of being the greatest vampire in the world, Wilfred should have had a great future ahead of him. But there is nothing about being a vampire that Wilfred likes. Above all, he hates blood! He’d far rather drink some nice fresh milk from a cow. Something seems to have gone very badly wrong. Luckily, Wilfred meets Smirk and the twists in this entertaining mystery are unravelled. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ A school story in which strange and often hilarious things happen. Lon is sent away to his father’s old boarding school with a view to stop him being quite such a monster. Dr Ffelix Ffurter’s School for Young Monsters has had great experience of changing boys like Lon around…But how will Lon like it? This topsy- turvy school story will make ordinary school days seem very dull! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+
All those who love to be scared will relish the dark humour of these blood-curdling tales. Everyone knows the story of Hansel and Gretel, a tragic tale of children and witches and a great big cauldron. This is a witty and vigorous version of the original with some background to it, too. And it is all told with a delicious wit carefully spelt out by the author who speaks of sorcerers with dark spells, hunters with deadly aim and a baker with an oven big enough to cook children in. It’s a brilliant and terrifying whole...
Joseph Delaney’s Spook’s series has a huge following amongst young teen readers, and no wonder. This kind of storytelling has real appeal – the books are action-packed, with the threat of dark and dreadful deeds, but always bound by the ties of friendship and the security that things will come right in the end. Tom Ward, played by Ben Barnes in the new film of the book, is the seventh son of a seventh son, and therefore apprenticed to the Spook, a kind of policeman for the supernatural. It’s a difficult and lonely life being a Spook, and beneath the action and excitement there’s a human story too. Word is that the film is something of a letdown, but there’s no denying it looks fantastic and should send new readers to the books – they won’t be disappointed! ~ Andrea Reece
Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have inspired readers for more than twenty five years. Now they are interpreted afresh in fourteen vivid stories by award winning US authors including Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself. Each uses a different illustration as a starting point and between them they create an extraordinary whole that offers new interpretations of the pictures while still leaving room to wonder. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Zom-B Baby is the fifth instalment in Darren Shan’s epic Zom-B series. In his latest book, the ‘Master of Horror’ gives readers relative pause for thought after the break-neck pace of the first four books. How do you know if you're working for a lunatic? Where do you go when you've run out of people to trust? Have you ever heard an undead baby scream? B Smith is out of her comfort zone ...
As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Book 3 from the talent behind the bestselling hardback YA debut of 2011. Dracula is on the verge of coming into his full power. Department 19 is on the back foot. Department 19 faces a new and potentially deadly threat, born out of one of the darkest moments of its own long and bloody history. Zero Hour is coming. And the Battle Lines have been drawn. Ladies and gentlemen: welcome to war. The stakes? Mankind's very survival... With terrific action and suspense and plenty of gore too this series is brilliant but not for the faint-hearted!