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Mr Sparks

Written by Danny Weston

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Horror & Ghost Stories

LoveReading View on Mr Sparks

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

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Mr Sparks Synopsis

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...

Mr Sparks Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review Danny Weston's chilling debut, The Piper

  • Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'If you like being on the edge of your seat, I recommend this book! By the way, if you do read it, I suggest that you do not read it at night.' Read full review >
  • Isobel Read, age 13 - '. It quite literally brought me chills while reading it, I had to make sure the window was closed! For me it was an easy read, as the mystery kept me fascinated! I hope others will enjoy it to!' Read full review >
  • Philip Wood, age 13 - 'This is a fantastic book which grips you from the very beginning.  Keep reading to see if Peter and Daisy,two evacuees, fall victim of the curse of Romney Marsh...I would thoroughly recommend this book.' Read full review >
  • Lewis Duckworth, age 13 - 'Danny Weston has made a fairly good novel about World War Two...I would recommend this book for years 10+.' Read full review >

Mr Sparks Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783443215
Publication date: 1st October 2015
Author: Danny Weston
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Horror & Ghost Stories

About Danny Weston

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.

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