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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190642778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427788
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Taylor was born in Norfolk, England in 1973, but grew up in Wales. He attended Norwich Art School in 1991, before going on to specialise in illustration at Anglia University in Cambridge, graduating in 1995. After dabbling in Theatre design he decided to concentrate on children's books because he prefers the colours.

Since his first illustration job, the cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Bloomsbury), Thomas has contributed to and illustrated dozens of books, plus written and illustrated four: George and Sophies Museum Adventure, Orchard; The Loudest Roar, OUP; The Biggest Splash - OUP; and The Noisiest Night, OUP.

Thomas has recently moved from Cambridge to Normandy, France where he lives happily with his beautiful wife Célia and his little son Max. He still illustrates stories for children and loves reading them to his boy.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doha VINE VOICE on 17 July 2012
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Haunters come from the illustrator of the Harry Potter books, which I find a pretty fascinating connection.

14-year-old David has dreams so vivid they seem real. In a dream, he saves his friend Eddie from a fire, which inexplicably makes Eddie turn against him. David finds out that his dreams are in fact forays into the past, where he appears like a ghost - but he's not the only one.

David is inducted into the Dreamwalkers Project, who are engaged against a rogue - Adam, the most powerful dreamwalker they've ever seen. Adam is working for the Haunters, a counter-organisation that is bent on reaping personal benefit by manipulating history. But there is something much more sinister happening, and Eddie is the key to it all. David and Adam must face off with each other to keep history running as it should, but who will win?

Haunters has a great concept, and although like any time-travel theory, it can't be looked at too closely, it holds together well enough for the purpose of the story. I was bothered by certain aspects of it, but they were (mildly) dealt with towards the end of the book - if that bit had come earlier, I could have enjoyed it more wholeheartedly.

Nevertheless, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and David's character is engaging. As other reviewers have noted, there are strong female characters (physically and emotionally) who provide a nice counterpoint from the central trio of David, Eddie and Adam. Its mood harks back to the kind of books I read when I was younger - the mysteries and discovery of secrets, the friendship and being tested, and the sense of suspense and sometimes danger. In a lot of ways, it fits into the same niche as the early Harry Potter books.

The story is self-contained and can be read as a standalone, although a sequel appears to be in the works. While it's aimed at the YA age-group, I'd easily recommend for confident readers, 9+.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2013
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Time travel and ghosts seemed to be a great combination according to our son.

A good stand alone book that is so easy to get into and enjoy, according to son aged 11.

I ordered this book Haunters thinking it looked a good enjoyable read and that I would not mind a read of too. Well so far only just got hold of it now and I will admit I enjoyed it. Yes a ten plus age range book but this adult enjoyed it too.

The blurb gives you a little of the main characters, a little taster of them, but the rest of the book gives a full three course. Starter, superb main and a wonderful finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Wylie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan 2013
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This absorbing tale of Time Travellers and 'Ghosts' proved to be engrossing and a real page-turner when I read the 'Haunters' to check it out before passing it to my 10 year old grand-daughter who is really into this sort of stuff. It is extremely well told and I found it extremely difficult to put down. It stretched my imagination and I'm sure it will do the same for her. If you want to know how it finishes you will, likewise, have to read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov 2012
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I read this before giving it to my grandchildren (11 & 10) and couldn't put it down.
10 is the lowest end of the age range for this, it's quite a sophisticated plot involving the acceptance of time travel and out of body experiences, but children raised on Dr Who will enjoy the familiar experience. The concept of having to ensure that your own future existence is guaranteed in a time travel story is a very familiar one, but it is given a new aspect here.
Set in contemporary and wartime (WWII) Britain, it's an extremely well-written tale with realistic dialogue and engaging characters.
There are a range of neat plot twists that I didn't spot coming - and the end is left slightly open, which leads to the possibility of a sequel in the future.
Nicely balanced with both heroes and heroines, this is a book that will appeal to fantasy loving boys and girls of around 10-14.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P Campbell VINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2012
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Haunters by Thomas Taylor is a fabulous book and well worth reading. I love time-travel, ghosts and darker children's stories and this is definitely all of the above! Written by the illustrator of the Harry Potter book covers, this is a great start on his literary path. I hope there are more to follow. The story is based on time-travellers and how they appear as ghosts wherever they travel. The main protagonists are not together in one sense but bound together in another....all will be revealed to the reader...no spoilers here. The characters are well-rounded and strong and the writing style is easy to follow and get engrossed in!

Well worth the cover price and great fun! Well done Mr Taylor...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug 2012
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1940. London blitzed. A dangerous time for all, as the bombs rain - especially for young Eddie, frantically being tracked down by visitors from the future. If David gets there first, the prestigious Dreamwalker Project is safe. If Adam triumphs, the Haunters have won - destined to play havoc with world history....

Here is assured storytelling packed with ideas - not least intriguing new thoughts about ghosts. They are not from the past as hitherto imagined, but apparitions from future dreams - some simply to observe, others bent on mischief.

A good read, which many will finish in one go. As always, though, with these time travel themes, there is a conundrum. If no Eddie means no Dreamwalker Project, surely this means no Haunters too? No doubt alert young readers have a convincing answer - not prepared that such thoughts should spoil a brisk, imaginative adventure, so greatly enjoyed!

Recommended.
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