Friday, July 1, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: The School of Night Creeping Terrror
Author: Justin Richards
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: June 2011
The second instalment in the thrilling supernatural series The School of Night.
There is an unseen world most people can't begin to imagine . . .
. . . Where the most ordinary things can turn against you.
The village of Templeton was evacuated during World War 2. Now even the ghosts are leaving - because something terrible stayed behind.
Ben and his new friends at the School of Night must find out what's going on. But they are soon trapped in the village, where even the trees and plants turn against them.
Could you survive against all the odds? Could you solve the ancient mystery and free the village from a curse that threatens the whole world? If you could, then maybe you have what it takes to join the School of Night.
Justin Richards has written over twenty novels as well as non-fiction books. He has also written audio scripts, a television and stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer,and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and The School of Night series. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books.
He lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.
The School of Night Creeping Terror is the second book in the series by YA author, Justin Richards, kicking off where the first book left the reader last year.
When a boy and his father enter a village asking for directions, the unexpected happens. They find all the inhabitants observing a WWII blackout, and thinking it's 1943. But it's definitely 2011. Luckily the lad belongs to the School of Night, an arcane institute of ghost-hunters where merely talking to the shade of your dead sister could come across as a fail. It will still take a lot of pluck and smarts from staff and students to solve the problem of the ghost village of Templeton, and the evil barriers surrounding it.
The plot has more than enough exuberance to make you forget anything less pertinent, and forces you to be carried through its kinetic action to the gripping end. Therefore you bypass any thoughts you may start to form about this being just an 11-12-year old-friendly horror rewrite of Brigadoon; can ignore any thoughts of how unlikely the titular terror combined with time travel could be; and just soak up all the benefits to the reader - the old featured in a new way, the simple but efficient characterisation.
If you read the first book in Richard’s School of Night series and enjoyed it then you will love this next installment in the series as well.