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Calling a Dead Man [Paperback]

Gillian Cross
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6 May 2010
John Cox is dead, killed in an explosion while at work. His younger sister Hayley can't believe he's gone. Determined to see the place of his death, she flies to Moscow with John's fiancée, Annie-but the site they're shown isn't where John died. Suddenly it seems that there's more to his death than a tragic accident.

Using a tracking system to locate John's mobile phone, Hayley and Annie find the real site of the explosion . . . but they are completely at the mercy of John's former Russian boss and his English speaking son, who have taken them there. Upon recovering the phone, it's clear that John is still alive.

Meanwhile, in the Siberian forest, John is being nursed back from the brink of death by a village woman. As he slowly recovers he begins to piece together the truth: he's at the heart of a dangerous power struggle between two brothers who are desperate to silence him-for good.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192755889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192755889
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

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A roller-coaster of a ride (The Guardian)

A riveting teenage thriller (The Daily Mail)

Extraordinary and ambitious . . . this convincing, dark story is one of the author's best (The Independent)

A skilful thriller (The Independent on Sunday)

Absorbing and powerful (Children's Book News)

A thrilling and compelling novel (Books for Keeps)

A complex and wonderfully gripping adventure thriller . . . Definitely one of Gillian's best (Teen Titles)

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Exciting thriller which will grip readers from the first page --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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When Hayley finds that her brother John has been killed in an accident in Russia, she cannot believe that he'd make such a mistake. Neither does his disabled girlfriend, Annie. Together they travel to Russia to try and discover what really happened. When they arrive, Hayley keeps seeing a figure in the distance who reminds her of John. But who is he? Their quest for the truth leads them across Russia, through the bitter cold of Siberia and into danger.
This story was full of action and suspense which kept me wanting to read on. There were many clever twists and turns in the plot. Hayley's adventures in Russia came easily to life in this fantastic book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Calling a dead man 5 Mar 2003
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Calling a dead man is one of Gillian Cross's best work, it is also the winner of the Carnegie medal, the Whitbread Award and the Smarties prize.
This book is a fast-moving thriller about two girls trying to find out the truth about the death of a brother and friend but the only problem is a group of men are trying to stop them. Suddenly one night the girls manage to get a signal from john's mobile phone which sets them off in hot pursuit or is it a wild goose chase.
I think that this book has a strong plot and contains very vivid descriptions of anything mentioned. This book should be aimed at 11-14 year old children, as the language is not too complex.
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Calling a Dead Man
The author of this book is Gillian Cross, She has written a number of other stories these are a few of them:
The Demon Headmaster, Wolf and the Roman bean feast.
All of them are very well written books.
This story is about a man who has stumbled out of the forest in Russia. The man has lost his memory and says he is on the run from some one who is out kill him.
The man meets a very business like person, that man tells him his name is John Cox.
In England Hayley Cox and her friend Annie are out to find Hayley's lost brother. He was said to have been killed in Russia. Hayley and Annie take a long planned trip to Russia to look at the place where Hayley's brother died. When their Annie and Hayley see something more about the building were Hayley's brother was said to die then what they were told.
A mysterious story excellent for people who like mysteries.
The only thing I disliked about the book was that it jumps back and forth a lot.
Wretham, J.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The reply 11 Nov 2013
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I read this novel because one of my young students was reading it at school. But it is a book that is apposite to both teenagers and adults alike; The pace of the story is fast, the characterization good, and the Russian scene setting compelling
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