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Hollow Pike Paperback – 2 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780620039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780620039
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Dawson, author of dark teen thriller HOLLOW PIKE, grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. He later turned his talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper.

Until recently, James worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHCE and behaviour. He is most proud of his work surrounding bullying and family diversity. He now writes full time in London.

In his spare time, he STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music.

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This is a fantastic debut, well written and teeming with clever references, witty lines and colourful characters that I fully appreciated. Bang on trend with its witchcraft-y elements and sporting a stunning, eye-catching cover, it's perfect for anyone who loves paranormal YA, but is looking for something just a little bit different. (The Cait Files)

Hands up who read the Point Horror books? If you did, you'll recognise the style of this teenage horror - jumps, scares and airport-thriller-type cliffhanger chapter endings. Not that any of those are bad things mind... gripping, and the intricacies of teenage relationships are well told. (Rhiannon Davies SFX)

...a brilliant book that captures the true nature of secondary school so very well (Mostly Reading YA)

A fabulous debut that had me looking over my shoulder while reading. Strongly recommended (Thoughts from the Hearthfire)

...one of the best young adult novels I have read in a long time. I can't wait to see what James Dawson comes up with next. (The Book Bundle)

The opening lines saw me hold my breath and I didn't breathe again until the end of the first chapter. I honestly thought I might need medical assistance. What an amazing opening to a book. (Serendipity Reviews)

This book blends important teen issues, teen angst, witchcraft and murder mystery, creating a delectable cocktail of a book. Best sipped slowly so you don't miss a single drop. (Bookangel's Booktopia)

If you are craving a chilling tale, laced with suspense, Hollow Pike is the book for you. (Realm of Fiction)

... a gripping read that scares and thrills in equal measures (Juniper's Jungle)

... like Blair Witch Project meets The Craft and with a bit of Mean Girls thrown in. I loved the action and the speed of the book, it was a brilliant read. (Readeraptor)

Man, does James Dawson know the minds of British teenagers... Hollow Pike is the perfect book for teens who love spooky stories or just great literature, and especially those who, like I did at that age, feel like they don't quite fit in with the majority of their peers. (Book Zone for Boys)

...clever, sophisticated storytelling and one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. (COSY BOOKS)

A tense and terrifying debut novel with some wonderful characters and a brilliant location. Highly recommended. (THE BOOK BAG)

Think Heathers meets The Craft for this exciting debut. (ATTITUDE MAGAZINE)

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A gripping YA thriller set in Hollow Pike - a small town with a big history of witchcraft!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 5 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a really exciting debut novel - a spooky story, with a murder mystery and teenage romance thrown in, so there is something for everyone!

At the beginning of this story Lis arrives in Hollow Pike in Yorkshire to live with her older sister. She needs a new start. She has been bullied at her school in Wales and she feels that a change of scenery, a new school and some new friends will improve her life considerably. Hollow Pike has ancient connections with witchcraft and everyone has a tale to tell about the witches that were murdered in the woods long ago. Lis has a series of nightmares where she dreams she is in the wood, being chased by someone who wants to kill her - so much for escaping her demons by moving to Yorkshire! Then a girl from her class is found murdered in the wood and Lis fears she will be next. Talking to Danny helps so much, but maybe Danny knows more about these macabre events than he is telling her.

I had no idea how this book was going to end - it took me by surprise - and that is a very good thing! James Dawson has created an interesting group of teenage characters. As in most schools the pupils in year 11 at Fulton High School come from a mixture of home situations, from Kitty's mansion to Delilah's home on an edgy estate, there is an `in-crowd' and a group of outsiders, there are the bullies and the bullied and there are the geeks. This is a story that will grab readers who like a mystery that is anchored in a situation they will recognise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Nocturnal Reader on 2 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Lis London has moved to the historic, and rather eerie village of Hollow Pike. She's determined to make a new start, and that means leading a normal school life and actually making friends. As Lis comes to terms with Fulton High's social pecking order, things seem to go well, she's even get's in with the popular crowd.

But this happiness isn't set to last. Lis is plagued with night terrors and horrific visions of death naturally preventing her from sleep but combining with managing to invoke the wrath of Queen Bee, Laura, leads to life in Hollow Pike taking a downward spiral. Lis' only solace comes from the school's so called Freaks `n' Geeks. Yet, Lis and her friends can only take so much; they come up with a plan which will see Laura get a taste of her own medicine. But sometimes pranks can go too far...they can even be fatal.

On the surface Hollow Pike is a High School `whodunnit' with a healthy dose of the supernatural. This certainly isn't a new concept; Pretty Little Liars, Mean Girls and The Craft all come to mind with this book. The novel could be in danger of being the fawning British sibling - trying too hard to be American cool. However, Dawson soon finds his stride, writing a novel with it's own identity and a story which succeeds in thoroughly creeping out the reader and sucking them into an unnerving mystery.

I think the story's ultimate strength comes from Dawson's ability to intuitively recapture the anxieties of being a teenager. We're not talking bad skin, or knickers tucked into pants. He drags up the harsh realities of having all those hormones packed into one small space. Bullying - and perhaps crucially the more sinister and psychological effects of girl cruelty, is not shied from here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R Woods on 30 Aug. 2012
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Early last Summer, word started to spread through Twitter and the Bloggoverse about a new book being published in February 2012 by Orion's new YA imprint, Indigo, intrigue began to build as we were given the first tantalising glimpse of Hollow Pike by one James Dawson. All we knew at the time. Witchcraft.

The cover was released a few weeks later closely followed by the official synopsis and since then the anticipation has been steadily growing with a large selection of my fellow bloggers and readers alike all getting pretty excited about this book right here. And finally last week, I got a copy! I'll admit I did a little squee dance and was so excited. Started to read it pretty much straight away and couldn't of been more surprised than I was.

Hollow Pike was NOTHING like I'd expected it to be. I had images of haggard old women around cauldrons, steaming with potions. I expected there to be spells. But there was none of that. And you know what? It doesn't need it. Hollow Pike is so much more than I expected it to be in more ways than one.

Lis has been suffering debilitating nightmares for weeks. She's scared, and puts it down to what is going on at home and hopes that the move to Hollow Pike will help them to come to an end... How wrong could she be? The dreams are vivid, dark and downright terrifying. They hold you captivated - breathless - until Lis wakes up.

Bullying and social perception plays a large roll in the book. Lis has been forced to move to Hollow Pike to escape her life back in Wales where she is looked down upon by all of her school mates. Bullied, and outcast she chooses to live with her sister in this sleepy little Yorkshire village (it is made up I should add... so don't be too scared by what happens there...).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ReadWriteReviews on 26 July 2012
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I've always been interested in witchcraft, the mystery and suspense surrounding it all. But more so the history of it all. Hollow Pike contains witchcraft and it's horrifying history, so naturally I was drawn to this book. Even more so when I realised the author was British. I received this book from Indigo recently but I've only just got around to reading it and damn I wish I'd read it sooner. It's so good. In Hollow Pike the teenage characters are so real, they are probably the most life like book characters I've read recently. James Dawson seems to have a talent when it comes down to writing as a teenage mind. Hollow Pike has humour and some seriously dark themes woven together to make a perfect novel that makes the reader laugh and freeze with suspense. It's the perfect mix of humour and seriousness making the novel very enjoyable and leaves the reader gripping on to the pages wanting to know more.

Hollow Pike follows Lis London as she moves to Hollow Pike to live with her sister. But Hollow Pike's no average town, it has a dark past with witchcraft thoroughly woven into it's history. Everyone knows of the myths but it's not real right? Lis starts having nightmares, the same one repeats itself over and over. In it someone is trying to kill her, Lis thinks it's nothing to worry about but she knows somethings not quite right with this new town. The town's gruesome past has a life of it's own and it will not be silenced.

I loved the character of Lis. She knew pain and was vulnerable inside. After having to face bullying at her old school, she knows how bad things can get. She swears that at this new school she won't let it happen again.
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