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Danny Weston writes decidedly creepy thrillers, and this will certainly send shivers down the spine. The eponymous Mr Sparks is an ancient wooden ventriloquist’s dummy, who claims to be a real boy. He can certainly think and speak for himself, and his character is so cruel and ruthless that to some he seems to be an incarnation of the Devil himself. When twelve-year-old Owen finds himself in the position of puppet master he has no choice but to do what Mr Sparks tells him – but just maybe Owen’s honesty and compassion will keep him safe. Set just after the end of the First World War, this is a very chilling and effective supernatural adventure. ~ Andrea Reece
After his father goes missing in the Great War, Owen is abandoned to live with his cruel aunt, and wishes he could escape his life of drudgery in her small seaside guest house. There he meets a mysterious guest, who appears to make his ventriloquist's dummy speak, even in his sleep.
Soon Owen realises that the dummy, Mr Sparks, can really talk - and he's looking for a newer, younger puppet master. But Mr Sparks has a dark past...
Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review Danny Weston's chilling debut, The Piper
Praise for The Piper
Wonderfully twisty chiller that's sure to make you want to keep all of the lights on this Halloween Scotsman
Don't miss out on this one, totally creepy and completely brilliant Askews & Holts Library Service
Weston's writing is spookily enchanting Literary Loves Blog
|Publication date:||1st October 2015|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Horror & Ghost Stories|
Danny Weston is the YA pen name for popular children and YA writer Philip Caveney. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh.His best known books are the Sebastain Darke series for middle grade readers, and The Piper and The Haunting of Jessop Rise for YA readers.More About Danny Weston