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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nordic (20 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095605370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956053701
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,085,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will Hadcroft was born in the United Kingdom in 1970. His first book Anne Droyd and Century Lodge was published in 2002 by CK Publishing, and then republished in 2004 by Jessica Kingsley. Hadcroft's autobiography The Feeling's Unmutual. Growing Up With Aspergers: Undiagnosed (endorsed by Doctor Who actor Colin Baker and author John Christopher) was also published that year. Anne Droyd and the House of Shadows was published by Nordic in 2008, followed by Anne Droyd and the Ghosts of Winter Hill in 2013. Will is also author of the surrealistic teen novel The Blueprint. Mia and the Woodshed Cats is his first illustrated novel for younger readers, was published by FBS Publishing in 2014,followed by Mia, Mackey and the Outside Cats.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian J. Andrews on 31 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a superb second outing for the little robot girl, Anne Droyd and her chums (The first installment being "Anne Droyd and Century Lodge).
It's time for a winter holiday and the gang take a coach trip to Whitby where they stay at a peculiar and spooky Guest House run by an equally peculiar family.
Part of the magic of these stories is that every single location used actually exists in real life, and Mr. Hadcroft's descriptions are so complete that it would be a doddle to organize Anne Droyd tours for the kids if you were stuck for something to do over a long weekend.
The author has really done his research too. Without giving too much away and spoiling the story, Chemicals are mentioned at one point and the information being put across is accurate. (very handy if a young reader is going to sit a science exam)!
The style of writing has changed slightly from the first book which is completely befitting the subject matter, and now we are familiar with the characters, Will Hadcroft wastes no time throwing them into this new situation and takes us with them on a very pace-driven ride.
This is a much deeper story than the original and has been given a 'no messing' approach. All-in-all this book carries a lot of weight and leaves you champing at the bit to get your hands on the third installment (Anne Droyd and the Ghosts of Winter Hill) which, as I write hasn't even been written yet!
There are going to be ten Anne Droyd novels which, if the present offerings are anything to go by, are going to give a certain young wizard a run for his money and like him, are crying out for a film producer to get his hands upon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Järnström on 21 May 2009
Format: Paperback
Will Hadcroft has done it again! Written a book that was difficult to put down after picking it up.

This time around the book is in my opinion more balanced than the first one. When you read one chapter it can be as mellow as your ordinary sunday, and the following one can be full tilt excitement!

Compared to the first Anne Droyd book, this one has shifted from sci-fi to more of a thriller. Which is only a good thing, since the author has done it so well. And as a big bonus this book also puts a smile on your face more than once!

I loved the first book, but I loved this one even more. And after I was through it I was thrilled to see what I had hoped for: NEXT Anne Droyd and the Ghosts of Winter Hill!

Can't wait!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joo on 21 Jan. 2012
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This is definitely a children's book, but I must be a child as I really enjoyed this.

This is the second book about Anne Droyd and her friends Gezz, Malcolm and Luke. I haven't read the first book, so wasn't quite sure where Anne came from or why she was with Gezz, etc, but to be honest, I just accepted she was there and it didn't detract from the story.

I really liked the character of Anne. Being a robot / cyborg and learning everything as she went along meant she would say exactly what she wanted to ask. This often got her into trouble, but I'm sure everyone would love to ask the questions she does.

The story did evolve into being a bit scary towards the end. I was thinking this would make a lovely family movie, with a bit of parental guidance for the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Richards on 9 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
ANNE DROYD and the House of Shadows

Once again, Will Hadcroft has expertly scribed another interesting tale in this sequel to Anne Droyd and Century Lodge. Still with its focus on children's escapism, HoS is written in such a way as to entice the older reader as well, especially those whom may wish to re-capture something of their long-lost youth. However, the tone has been altered slightly in this adventure, forgoing the dark Nazi undertones of the original book for something more current and in-tune to teenage readership. I believe that this was the right thing to do, and the story is all the more lighter and enjoyable for it, preventing the series from becoming too sombre. House of Shadows still maintains a good dose of mystery and features hideous monsters and strange experiments, but it is also genuinely funny with wonderfully visual backgrounds and believable characters. One can only imagine what will happen in the next book. I'll certainly be buying it to find out.
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