The Stuff of Nightmares
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The Stuff of Nightmares

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Kyle has always been afraid of things, especially dying. But when he gets on the train that is taking him and his class on a school trip, he has no idea how close to Death he is going to come. Death enters the train and Kyle moves with him, past his friends, who are frozen in time, in life-or-death situations. Kyle finds that he can pick up on their deepest, darkest fears - real things that have happened to them, or may happen in the future, and sometimes their surreal nightmares too. Kyle realises that he isn't the only one who has buried fears and, more importantly, he now burns with the desire to live, and to live without fear. But will Death release him?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 244g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ill
  • 0552554634
  • 9780552554633
  • 311,583

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"A superbly told thriller that will keep readers hooked" * The Bookseller * "Malorie Blackman is already a bestseller and The Stuff of Nightmares can only add to her fame . . . This book seems bound to be extremely popular" -- Nicholas Tucker * Independent * "Blackman reaches reluctant readers like few others" -- Amanda Craig * The Times * "Malorie Blackman is one of the most versatile and forthright of all authors for young adults. She has brought us an ambitious panorama of broken societies and depicted motive and action in searingly effective ways . . . This is a remarkable book, powerful, fearful" -- Dennis Hamley * Carousel * "It is an intelligent, original and compelling novel" -- Simon Treacy * Cork Evening Echo *show more

About Malorie Blackman

MALORIE BLACKMAN has written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature. She has been described by The Times as `a national treasure'. Malorie Blackman was the Children's Laureate 2013-15.show more

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"It is an intelligent, original and compelling novel"show more

Back cover copy

It begins with a ride on a train. But where it ends is on a precipice of horror - dangling on the border between life and death. It's a moment when Kyle discovers he's not the only one in his class who knows about fear. Not the only one who has nightmares. And now, as Death stalks the carriages, it's a moment when nightmares become real. Nightmares of wars, and a world devastated by chemical weapons. Of a body being slowly stolen, bit by bit. Of monstrous actions and monstrous creatures from old myths. Of jealousy, obsession and a stalker outside your window. Nightmares of everything imaginable. What will it take for Kyle to finally face his greatest fear? Pacy, compelling and seriously creepy, don't read this chilling novel late at night! Not suitable for younger readers.show more

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