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Takeshita Demons

Takeshita Demons [Kindle Edition]

Cristy Burne , Siku
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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This year the inaugural 'Diverse Voices' award was announced. The award was a joint initiative by Frances Lincoln and Seven Stories, the Centre for the Children's Book, and was aimed at recognising a manuscript that 'celebrates diversity in its widest possible sense'. Winner Christy Burne's Takeshita Demons does this admirably. (Jake Hope Bookseller)

Monsters new to the West are introduced in Cristy Burne's Takeshita Demons, the winner of a Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices award, and illustrated in manga style by Siku. It is a pacy horror adventure in which a Japanese girl brings yokai (evil spirits) into an English school, and battles them with her friend in order to save her baby brother. Things get chilling when a supply teacher turns out to be a nukekubi (a child-eating spirit), whose head flies off. Fortunately, there are protective spirits, too. (Sunday Times)

I read Takeshita Demons in a few gulps. My first impressions were: "wow, this is pretty damn good" and then "holy smokes, this is actually quite scary" and then "I love kick ass girls!"… Cristy Burne has this magical way of writing where with the slightest bit of explanation you completely suspend your disbelief and can totally believe that these monsters are hunting the Takeshita kids… Takeshita Demons is a spooky story, mild on horror with no gore, for those readers who like to be thrilled but not be mindlessly scared. It also asks to be read out loud to a class or at bed time, if your young folk is tough enough! (myfavouritebooks)

An extremely fast, action-packed story. 'Takeshita Demons' is most definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Ultimately this story presents a fascinating insight into the wworld of Japanese culture. Burne's extensive use of dialogue helps the reader to formulate vivid images of each spooky demon, whilst maintaining a fast-paced adventure story. Similarly, Burne's first-hand informed knowledge of Japanese folklore is both easy-reading and surprisingly engaging. This is unquestionably a super book for encouraging diversity and promoting multicultural awareness within schools. (School Librarian)

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Miku Takeshita and her family have moved from Japan to live in the UK, but unfortunately the family's enemy demons have followed them…

Miku knows she's in trouble when her new supply teacher turns out to be a Nukekubi - a bloodthirsty demon who can turn into a flying head and whose favourite snack is children. That night, in a raging snowstorm, Miku's little brother Kazu is kidnapped by the demons, and then it's up to Miku and her friend Cait to get him back. The girls break into their snow-locked school, confronting the dragon-like Woman of the Wet, and outwitting the faceless Nopera-bo. At last they come face to face with the Nukekubi itself - but will they be in time to save Kazu?

The winner of the first Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award, this is the first of a new trilogy, Takeshita Demons, with the second, Takeshita Demons: The Filth-Licker due to be published in 2011 and Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri in 2012.

To read more about the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award, click here

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1068 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (1 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #408,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cristy Burne is author of Takeshita Demons, winner of the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award. She has worked as editor of CSIRO's Scientriffic magazine, as a performer with the Shell Questacon Science Circus, as a writer for the Australian Museum, and as a Senior Pixie for Santa.

In 2006, Cristy was selected for a Young and Emerging Writer's Residency at Varuna House, and in 2008 she won the Voices on the Coast Children's Writing Competition. She has lived and worked in Japan, Switzerland, the U.K, Australia and New Zealand.

Takeshita Demons is the first in a series of adventures featuring 'yokai', the mythical demons and creatures of Japan.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut 6 Feb 2010
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What a superb little book this is! The story is about Miku Takeshita who has just moved to England. Unfortunately the move has removed the protection given to the family by their child ghost. As Miku finds out when she gets to school one morning, not only have the demons followed her, but one is actually her supply teacher!
I won't give away too much of the plot, but suffice it to say this book fairly rattles along! Cristy Burne shows an excellent grasp of pace and a deep and respectful knowledge of Japanese demons from her time in the country. This book has enthralled all the family from my 9 year old daughter to me! Cristy Burne is definitely a talent to watch!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly simple plot, nothing really too scary 7 Mar 2010
By David Burton VINE VOICE
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Compared to the extremes taken by a number of anime films, this is fairly tame, so while not suitable for very young children, it's not really much worse than some of the Brothers Grimm tales.
The Japanese mythology is played very strongly in the setting, with traditions for dealing with spirits represented in a way somewhat reminiscent of the spirits in Spirited Away.
The plot is fairly simple, although the main characters assumptions aren't always right, so there's some slight twists. It's also quite short, but both of these would be relatively expected given that this is intended as a children's book.
All in all, it's a good children's 'ghostly' story which has a different feel from western ghost stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Demon Teacher 14 Mar 2010
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A work of fiction for younger readers, ideally those aged nine or up. And it's a japanese ghost story.

It's written in the first person and is the tale of Miku, a Japanese girl who's family live in London. When they lived in Japan her grandmother told her many stories about demons and ghosts and their house had a ghost that protected it.

Now they've moved to London they would have thought they'd left that all behind.

But one day at school there's a new teacher who's also from Japan and who seems to know more about Miku than possible. The weather is going crazy. And there's a strange sound at the front door.

Miku and her friend Cait have demons to fight. And the fate of her brother is at stake.

This runs for 128 pages and is divided into fourteen chapters. The print is large and clear as is the prose.

Miku is a pretty appealing character being rather smart and level headed and more open minded than her parents, and the same goes for her friend Cait. There are some good creepy moments and the whole thing manages to create very well the idea of fantastical things happening in present day london unnoticed by all but a few.

And the things that happen to Miku's school will definitely appeal to young readers. And all the details of Miku's home culture are pretty interesting.

The main resolution to the plot doesn't come about from anything that Miku does, but since this reads like the set up for a series that's not too much of a problem. The book is complete in itself but it sets up possible future adventures for the main characters as well. On the basis of this they should be worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ju-sai no, onna noko no tam-e no yoi hon 8 Mar 2010
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Sorry - just showing my limited knowledge of the Japanese language there...

As both of my daughters are half Japanese I thought this was a perfect book for them. As it turned out I was only half correct - my younger daughter (just turned seven) tended to fall asleep every night as I read a few chapters, and I have the impression that she's not mad keen on it. Her ten-year-old sister, however, liked it a lot and listened to every single word. She clearly liked it.

Having read the whole book out loud, I'm therefore just as familiar with it. Personally I think it's best suited to female readers, the whole story being told in the first-person from a young girl's point of view and with most of the characters - good and bad - being of the same gender. I also think that it's suited to a rather narrow age-band; perhaps 8 to 12 or thereabouts.

The concept of mixing Japanese spiritual beings from that country's ancient folklore with surburban British life is an odd one that is only partially successful, but probably a criticism only an adult would be likely to make. Nevertheless, the mysticism of such exotic beings seems somewhat out of place and I'm not convinced that the marriage works. I would have preferred it if the story had taken place in Japan, feeling that if would have offered more in terms of authenticity and credibility. I must defer to my elder daughter, however, who in truth is the more valid critic in this case, and she certainly enjoyed it. If the star-rating was more adherent to my own personal rating I would give it three, as it's a little above average and 'quite good', but that would relegate it to the negative side of the critical divide and it doesn't deserve that so I've given it four. All credit to the author, whose first published novel this is, she has a good understanding of the way girls of this age group think and talk, and it's a promising sign for her future career as a children's writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yokai in England, oh my 5 Feb 2010
By Taliesin_ttlg VINE VOICE
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This is a children's book and for the kids I think it'll hit the mark, with both a level of scary and weird. It will also introduce them to Yokai - the monsters of Japanese folklore.

It features a girl, Miku, whose family have moved to England from Japan. Miku was told all about the Yokai by her grandmother, sadly deceased, and some of the methods to hold them at bay. Her mother does not share her beliefs and removes the protective leaf Miku placed above their front door. This allows the Yokai entry into their home and lives - the worst being a nukekubi, a carnivorous demon that leaves its body behind at night whilst its head flies off in search of victims.

Undemanding for an adult reader, but still a fun enough quick read, I can imagine that this will become a firm favourite with younger readers. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takeshita Demons
Takeshita Demons is an engaging book based on old Japenese tails. It is informative as it talks about certain ancient japanese objects and names for specific demons and how... Read more
Published 15 months ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Book (My Brother's Review)
This book is about a girl called Miku or in Japanese ( Takeshita-san) who's family many years ago moved from Japan to England, being chased by demons called ( yokai ) in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by JM Jesus
3.0 out of 5 stars A very different genre for me
Unused to this genre, I found that this book took a bit of getting into - however, the story evolved quite well and pulled me in. Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by E. Heckingbottom
5.0 out of 5 stars TD Review
I read this book before passing it on to my Daughter. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting, thoroughly enjoying the plot, the mix of cultures and the introduction to... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars East meets West
I gave this to a friend of my son, who is a HUGE manga fan. He read the whole book in two days and couldn't say enough about how much he enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 27 May 2010 by LOTHAR
2.0 out of 5 stars Thin book, thin plot
At school your new teacher has some small marks like tattoos at the base of her neck. You know from what your grandmother told you that this means she is some sort of demon and the... Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by R. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and horror for all the family
An excellent little story focussing on Miku who has moved from Japan to London shortly after her grandmother's death. Read more
Published on 21 April 2010 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars im stuck in the middle with you
This book, ummmmm, odd , well i must admit i read it pretty fast but i cant tell you whether i loved it or hated it. That is strange isnt it. Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by sean paul mccann
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a fright for the kids
I read this quite quickly but then again I am a grown up, (apparently). It is a well told tale about a young japanese girl who has come here to live in the UK and some good old... Read more
Published on 16 April 2010 by Love Halloween!
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not outstanding
I passed this to my eleven year old daughter, who loves Japanese anime and all kinds of folk and fairy tales. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by Chinatown Blue
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