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The Vanished (Point) Paperback – 17 Apr 2003


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Point; New Editon edition (17 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439982324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439982320
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,538,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and then went on to teach English in city comprehensive schools for seventeen years. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing.

She has written over twenty books for older children and teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards, as well as numerous regional awards in the UK and America. Witch Child won the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France in 2003, and the Di Cento Prize in Italy, 2001. Her latest book, The Fool's Girl, is published, April 2010.

Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with her husband, Terry. Her daughter, Catrin, now lives and works in London.

Celia has a Fan Page on Facebook and her own website: www.celiarees.com

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"Shirley Barthelmie's pleasant, even tones provide a strong narration for this chilling story of urban legends that become reality. She provides distinct voices for each of the three students, Cassie, Fraser, and Jake, who investigate the cases of children who disappear. Barthelmie maintains the rising tension of the story, despite the challenges of long descriptive passages and loose ends in the plot. An occasional slip into overly dramatic reading can be forgiven, given the creepy subterranean caverns the teens must traverse in order to rescue Jake's sister from ravenous troglodyte inhabitants. The menacing music that begins each CD sets the mood of the recording well." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A tale to make your blood run cold. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Star_Sea on 13 May 2007
Format: Paperback
I remember reading this back when it was issued in the Point Horror "Unleashed" series. It's a chilling story about missing children that builds up from some feelings of unease to reveal exactly why these children went missing and the horrifying plot they have in store. The horror is interwoven with the more poignant story of what it's like to lose a younger sibling to death and how families try and deal with this.

Very well-written.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2000
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This book had a great plot and gradually unfolded into a chiller, you won't be able to put it down. The plot unfolds into a world of tunnels, traps, vampire children and a mysterious child called Billy. Although the term vampire children may sound like a cliche of a horror book, it's not what it seems. The story of a fairly ordinary school newspaper, about to go out of business until it takes a turn for the better following the arrival of a new boy,might not sound captivating but I'm not going to reveal to much because it'll ruin the book for you. Have fun reading it because i'm sure if you're a horror fanatic or just like a scary tale you'll buy this book and love every minute of it!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2000
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The Vanished is 1 of the best books I have read it doesn't take you long to read because you just can't put it down! The story's main characters are Billy , Fraser , Cassie and Jake oh and you can't forget Amelia a little girl who lives on with her brood under the city . Amelia went missing about 100 years ago and ever since her brother Billy has been trying to please her by bringing her playmates and pets anyway it's a great story and you should definately read it !
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By Mrs Sharon A Barr on 3 Dec. 2014
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Artemis on 27 July 2009
Format: Paperback
The plot in Vanished is already explained well enough by other reviewers and Amazon, so I will not go into detail. The new boy suggests that the school news paper should put a creepy spin on its news and soon they have lots of weird tales to investigate.

I wasn't terribly impressed by this book. It is not a bad book but as I read it I had the feeling I had read or watched the story several times before. Not very original.
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