24th May '12

Subject HAUNTERS REVIEW by Freddie Rawlins, Aged 11

ByTina & Freddie

To celebrate the launch of Haunters by Thomas Taylor here's a review almost as blistering as the book itself by our very own book-eating boy, Freddie Rawlins (aged 11):

"Haunters is an incredible take on the traditional ghost stories told around the fire. Thomas Taylor’s idea about ghosts coming from the future is innovative and surprising. In Haunters, nothing is certain: the past, present, or future.

Eddie, Adam and David can all ‘dreamwalk’; when they sleep, they appear in the past as ghosts. But when the past is changed, so is the future. There are the scientists and historians who are working for a greater knowledge of history. Then there is ‘The Haunting’, a sinister organisation that manipulates history for riches and fame. However, there’s a catch – no one over the age of 18 can dreamwalk, meaning that the fate of history rests with children.

This is a book that when you stop reading it feels like a part of you is missing. The characters all have their own mysterious pasts – and each glimpse of their pasts gives the reader a new perspective of them. The book is an adventure story and has an element of psychology but it’s not just a ghost story. If David doesn’t stop Adam, then no one, in any time, will be safe."

This is Freddie's second review for Chicken House, but he's already a hit! He's been spotted by First News and picked as a Red House Reader. Keep up the good work Freddie and we'll buy you an ice cream!

3rd May '12



To celebrate the release of William Osborne's rip-roaring adventure Hitler's Angel we are featuring the very first review by Chicken House' young book reviewer, Freddie Rawlins (pictured). Over the coming months, Freddie (aged 11) will be sharing his thoughts on all the latest Chicken House titles. So hold on to your tin-hats and get ready to bunker down:


"Hitler’s Angel is about two children sent behind enemy lines to retrieve a mysterious package that could bring down Hitler for good, but what lies in their path? The main characters, Leni and Otto, are recruited in London by British Intelligence as a last hope to turn the tide of the war. Going to England had been a dream for both of them but now they have to face their worst nightmare and return to Nazi Germany.

This book by William Osborne is a good combination of Robert Muchamore's ‘Henderson’s Boys’-style fiction and World War II fact; with real characters, such as Heinrich Himmler, who William Osborne really seems to bring to life. The story is aimed at boys and girls aged 10 to 13. With both emotional and serious moments the book has a deeper meaning, while the action is unpredictable and exciting as stories intertwine effortlessly behind the scenes. The book seems set for a sequel and I hope there will be one as Osborne’s writing is inspiring and intriguing. "


If you would like to share your own reviews of any of our titles, why not tweet us the link @Chickenhsebooks or email us at chickenhouse@doublecluck.com?


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