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The Invasion of Crooked Oak

Written by Dan Smith

Illustrated by Chris King

Key Stage 2 Crime / Mystery Horror & Ghost Stories

LoveReading View on The Invasion of Crooked Oak

Spooky sci-fi adventure

September 2020 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8

If you like your adventures good and creepy, you’re going to love The Invasion of the Crooked Oak. Crooked Oak is a peaceful kind of place, but it seems something is up with the town’s grown-ups – they’ve stopped eating, are avoiding the light, and generally behaving really strangely. When teenagers Pete, Krish and Nancy try to work out what’s going on, they find the trail leads to the fracking site on the town’s edge. The tension ratchets up nicely as the three realise they’ve got one chance to save their parents and themselves. The environmental theme feels very topical and author Dan Smith knows just how to keep his readers on the edge of their seats. Published by dyslexia specialists Barrington Stoke, this is accessible to readers of all abilities and completely gripping.

Andrea Reece

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The Invasion of Crooked Oak Synopsis

Something sinister is happening in Crooked Oak ... Ever since the fracking site closed, Nancy's parents have been acting weird. Their eyes are blank, they won't eat - it's like they're no longer themselves. And now the symptoms are affecting others as well ... Nancy and her friends Pete and Krish are determined to find out what's going on. But the deeper they dig, the scarier the mystery gets.

A dark presence is spreading its tendrils across Crooked Oak. Can they stop it before it takes over the whole town?

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129203
Publication date: 15th September 2020
Author: Dan Smith
Illustrator: Chris King
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Crime / Mystery, Horror & Ghost Stories

About Dan Smith

Growing up, Dan led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi-fields of Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories . . . which is where some people say he still lives most of the time! Now settled in Newcastle with his wife and two children, Dan writes stories to share with both adults and children – and with an interest in World War 2, a great-aunt who was a flak-gunner, and a grandfather ...

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