By Cristy Burne; (Illustrator)
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Hardcover, 9781847801432, 144pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country/Ethnic-General
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Miku Takeshita and her family have moved from Japan to live in the U.K., but unfortunately the family's enemy demons have followed them . . . Miku knows she's in trouble when her new supply teacher turns out to be a nukekubi a bloodthirsty demon who transforms into a flying head and snacks on children. That night, in a raging snowstorm, Miku's little brother Kazu is kidnapped by the demons. It's up to Miku and her friend Cait to get him back. The girls break into their snow-locked school, confronting the dragon-like Woman of the Wet, and outwitting the faceless Nopera-bo. At last, they come face to face with the nukekubi itself but will they be in time to save Kazu?
"Monsters new to the West are introduced in Cristy Burne's Takeshita Demons, the winner of a Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices award, and illustrated in manga style by Siku. It is a pacy horror adventure in which a Japanese girl brings yokai (evil spirits) into an English school, and battles them with her friend in order to save her baby brother. Things get chilling when a supply teacher turns out to be a nukekubi (a child-eating spirit), whose head flies off. Fortunately, there are protective spirits, too."— The Sunday Times London
"Winner of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award, Takeshita Demons is a gripping, superbly-written debut novel from Australian author Cristy Burne. The plot is quick-paced and action-packed, moving swiftly from one perilous encounter to the next. From the very opening sentence, the reader is drawn irresistibly into narrator Miku’s plight and the short chapters are riddled with more than enough unanswered questions, sinister threats and shocking cliff-hangers to keep the pages turning... Short, punchy, witty, exciting, scary, yet never gratuitous, this book is sure to engage the interest of mystery adventure lovers."— Writeaway