Takeshita Demons Paperback
by Cristy Burne
Illustrated by Siku
Miku Takeshita and her family have moved from Japan to live in the UK, 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 can turn into a flying head and whose favourite snack is children.
That night, in a raging snowstorm, Miku's little brother Kazu is kidnapped by the demons, and then 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?
The winner of the first Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award, this is the first of a new trilogy, Takeshita Demons, with the second, Takeshita Demons: The Filth-Licker due to be published in 2011 and Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri in 2012.
To read more about the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award, click here This title is also available as an ebook, in either Kindle, ePub or Adobe ebook editions
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/06/2010
- Category: Traditional
- ISBN: 9781847801159
- Paperback from £5.19
- CD-Audio from £8.99
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Review by YouthGPL
Miku and her family have relocated from Japan to England. Miku's grandmother has passed away and now there is no one to protect the family from spirits and demons. Well, it turns out that demons who have a score to settle with the Takeshita family have followed them to England. One in particular has kidnapped Miku's little brother, Kazu. It is up to Miku and her friend Cait, who is Irish and knows about spirits and such, to get Kazu back and defeat the Nukekubi.It is a fast read and just enough scare to appeal to a middle school reader who want to read something scary. It is good to see that there is a heroine rather than a hero that saves the day. She and Cait are clever and are able to overcome their fear to save Kazu and get rid of the horrifying demon who can separate its head from its body. There are a few illustrations and interesting information about spirits and demons that are of Japanese origin. This is book one in a trilogy the second one is Filth Licker. If you have readers who want scary novels and want something they can read quickly, this will be the trilogy for them.