Hollow Pike

Hollow Pike

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Something wicked this way comes...She thought she'd be safe in the country, but you can't escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she's being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn't believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn't believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you're alone in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps...Hollow Pike - where witchcraft never sleeps.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 24mm | 362g
  • Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780620039
  • 9781780620039
  • 876,942

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This is a fantastic debut, well written and teeming with clever references, witty lines and colourful characters that I fully appreciated. Bang on trend with its witchcraft-y elements and sporting a stunning, eye-catching cover, it's perfect for anyone who loves paranormal YA, but is looking for something just a little bit different. The Cait Files 20120202 Hands up who read the Point Horror books? If you did, you'll recognise the style of this teenage horror - jumps, scares and airport-thriller-type cliffhanger chapter endings. Not that any of those are bad things mind... gripping, and the intricacies of teenage relationships are well told. -- Rhiannon Davies SFX 20120301 ...a brilliant book that captures the true nature of secondary school so very well Mostly Reading YA 20120202 A fabulous debut that had me looking over my shoulder while reading. Strongly recommended Thoughts from the Hearthfire 20120202 ...one of the best young adult novels I have read in a long time. I can't wait to see what James Dawson comes up with next. The Book Bundle 20120130 The opening lines saw me hold my breath and I didn't breathe again until the end of the first chapter. I honestly thought I might need medical assistance. What an amazing opening to a book. Serendipity Reviews 20120129 This book blends important teen issues, teen angst, witchcraft and murder mystery, creating a delectable cocktail of a book. Best sipped slowly so you don't miss a single drop. Bookangel's Booktopia 20120104 If you are craving a chilling tale, laced with suspense, Hollow Pike is the book for you. Realm of Fiction 20120123 ... a gripping read that scares and thrills in equal measures Juniper's Jungle 20120124 ... like Blair Witch Project meets The Craft and with a bit of Mean Girls thrown in. I loved the action and the speed of the book, it was a brilliant read. Readeraptor 20120118 Man, does James Dawson know the minds of British teenagers... Hollow Pike is the perfect book for teens who love spooky stories or just great literature, and especially those who, like I did at that age, feel like they don't quite fit in with the majority of their peers. Book Zone for Boys 20120208 ...clever, sophisticated storytelling and one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. COSY BOOKS 20120306 A tense and terrifying debut novel with some wonderful characters and a brilliant location. Highly recommended. THE BOOK BAG 20120316 Think Heathers meets The Craft for this exciting debut. ATTITUDE MAGAZINE 20120401
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About Juno Dawson

James Dawson grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of DOCTOR WHO. He later turned his talent to journalism, interviewing bands such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing for a Brighton newspaper. Until recently, James worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHCE. He is most proud of his work surrounding anti-bullying and family diversity. He now writes full time in London. In his spare time, he still loves DOCTOR WHO and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. Visit James' website at www.jamesdawsonbooks.com
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Rating details

1,508 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 25% (384)
4 34% (520)
3 30% (447)
2 8% (125)
1 2% (32)

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Review: I wasn't really sure what to expect with this one-I got it on the basis that everyone was saying good things about it, and that witchcraft and murder were involved. But then it was cheap on amazon, so I thought why not? Lis London moves to Hollow Pike after bullying in Wales made her want to leave. Instantly, she's the new girl, and gets in with the popular ones. But somehow she's also drawn to the strange trio of Kitty, Delilah and Jack, the outcasts who repeatedly get insults such as "gay" and "freak" thrown at them. New friends, new start, everything should be ok, shouldn't it? But Lis has been getting recurring nightmares-she's been running and someone's trying to kill her. And the local legends of witchcraft are just legends, aren't they? Still, for Lis and her new friends, they'll learn that Hollow Pike's history has more to it than maybe they can take. From the start, we get pulled into Lis' life. We easily get a sense of what she likes, what she wants from life and so on. Laura and her friends lean a little towards being stereotypical mean girls, but in the school context they work well. From the moment we first met her, I really liked Delilah, and throughout she was my favourite character. Took me a little longer to get used to Kitty, but fell in love with her after standing up for herself very well in a verbal and physical fight against Laura. In the character ranking, she came a very close second. Jack was an interesting character, one that took a bit of time to grow friendly with due to his being quiet and reserved, but still. I think, if they were real, Jack, Kitty and Delilah and I could be great friends. The romance was nicely worked in, something that you don't get too often from male authors. Kitty and Delilah make a great couple, and they're believable too, with a nice backstory and the kind of troubles that most relationships face. Lis and Danny are also a great couple, and it's nice to see their relationship develop naturally. For the most part. Until the end, where things get a bit nasty. But you can forgive Lis for that. And it all works out for them in the end. As for Jack, I felt quite bad for him. The girls have each other. Lis is falling for Danny and he likes her back. And Jack's a loner. I really hope he finds someone to fall in love with some time soon. James really captured the atmosphere of the school. I think it may come from him once being a teacher but "his work surrounding bullying and family diversity" (taken from author bio flap) shows-the homophobic insults and the Monroe family really were realistic. It's not often you read a mystery where you essentially suspect everyone. Even the three friends that Lis falls in with- Kitty, Delilah and Jack, at times are hard to read and work out whether or not they're joking about various things. I think at some point, we have feeling about everyone "Did they do it? Was it them?" Even when you think Lis has found out who it is, there's still a final twist. I really couldn't put this down, and by the end, I really wanted there to be more. Overall: Strength 5 tea to a richly woven mystery that has a lot of other amazing stuff in it. I'd definitely like to return to Hollow Pike some day.show more
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