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Shadow Forest Hardcover – 3 May 2007


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370329368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370329369
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Haig suffered a breakdown in his early twenties. After battling depression for a long while he turned to writing. He now believes that reading and writing books saved his life, and believes that 'in a world trying to increasingly isolate us from our environment and our true selves, books are our route to freedom, and to each other'. His novels include the bestsellers The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans. His books have been translated into 30 languages. All his novels for adults have been optioned for film. He has also written novels for children, including Shadow Forest, To Be A Cat and the new YA novel Echo Boy. His next book is about his experience of depression, called Reasons To Stay Alive.

He won the TV Book Club 'book of the series', and has been shortlisted for a Specsavers National Book Award. The Humans has been chosen as a 2014 World Book Night title. His children's novels have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal three times.

His books have received praise from Jeanette Winterson, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Ian Rankin and SJ Watson, among others. The Guardian summed up his writing as 'funny, clever and quite, quite lovely' by The Times and the New York Times called him 'a writer of great talent'.

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"A fascinating and magical tale. This is an outstanding piece of literature" (The Times)

"Enough twists to keep children gripped" (The Daily Telegraph)

"Matt Haig has crafted a children's classic" (Yorkshire Evening Post)

"Clever use of Norwegian folklore skilfully weaves humour and sadness, reality and fantasy, into a tense, page-turning tale, which keeps readers guessing by the many unexpected twists and turns in the plot" (Carousel)

"Shadow Forest features lots of humour mixed in with with some superbly gross parts (such as exploding heads). Matt Haig's quirky style of writing make this an exciting and most enjoyable read... This book is a definite for any child who enjoys being fully immersed in a world of myth and magic" (Fantasy Book Review) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A dahl-esque fairy tale from a highly acclaimed adult author

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Issie on 5 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my son (10) who is not a very keen reader, only likes fantasy/magical stories. I thought I'd vet it for him to see whether he might like it. As someone said earlier, I got worried by the depressing start although I liked the way it was written. The language is easy, not too many difficult words that can be so tedious for the reluctant reader. But very quickly I got gripped by the story, the pace of the book, the odd interruptions from the author, the spookyness and the humour. Basically, I loved this book and its creatures and I couldn't put it down. Unfortunately I finished it too quickly. I have now passed it to my son and I told him he was going to love it. He is now half way through and said, even after the first few pages, that it was brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DARREN "Big Nose" WALKER on 5 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is full of dark characters and action that young (and not so young) readers love. The parents of Samuel Blink and his sister Martha are killed suddenly so they have to go live with their aunt in Norway. Once there they come under the spell of the Shadow Forest and the only way to escape is to come face to face with the Changemaker, the evil ruler of the forest.
This is probably the best book I have read all year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. Townson on 11 May 2009
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My son 11yrs old and although he is a very good reader he is a reluctant reader. However he is really enjoying this book. Well worth buying in my opinion.
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This was an enjoyable adventure for younger readers - albeit with a rather sad start. Samuel and Martha Blink are left orphaned when an accident kills their parents on the way to a 10th birthday treat for Martha. After this they must travel to Norway to live with their mysterious aunt, who has some odd rules - the oddest of which is that they must never enter the nearby forest. It is no surprise when this rule is ignored. The adventures that follow are imaginative and will especially appeal to younger readers. The author provides humourous asides, and the book has a slightly quirky feel that will again appeal to younger readers.

The asides reminded me of Jonathon Stroud in his Bartimeus trilogy. Not quite as well done though, and for this reason adult readers would enjoy this book less than they would enjoy Bartimeus, but that is fine because adults are not the intended audience, and I would recommend this book for children aged say 9+ (younger too maybe, but with a strong caution about the sad start).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juliette Clarke on 26 April 2014
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Great book for children. My daughter loved it. Great price and came quickly. I would recommend this book to family and friends. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonia Spowers on 15 Feb 2013
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THIS WAS GIFT-VERY POPULAR. It wekt all the way to Sri Lanka and is being much enjoyed there- a really good read..
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