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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: 1,956,829 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, published by FBS Publishing in 2014.

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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 TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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. Preston on 20 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Will Hadcroft's ingenious robot heroine returns for a new adventure. What makes Anne so intriguing is that the author is careful not to anthropomorphosise her. She is not a super-powered little girl, she is an intelligent machine that often sees the world in a very different way to her young human friends. This proves to be a good source of both humour and drama. Plus we find out more about Anne's abilities and new James Bond-esque gadgets hidden within her arms and legs.
Modern day Whitby is marvellously depicted and it's clear the author has done his research. The bizarre menace that threatens the children and their parents is nicely contrasted with more domestic concerns of the family and the children's growing pains.
An excellent continuation of the Anne Droyd series, but an accessible jumping on point too for new readers.
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