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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and unsettling story
This is definitely a story for children over eleven. Westall's writing pulls no punches as he describes Simon's mindset, full of anger and increasingly isolated from his mother because of her new marriage (and her mistaken assumption that he doesn't want or need her). The atmosphere becomes more and more tense as the story progresses. The ending is open-ended, leaving the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A moving but mind puzzling novel.
I have been reading a book called The Scarecrows by Robert Westall, of which, in my personal point of view is an interesting, but mind puzzling book. The novel is about a 14 year old boy named Simon Wood who has devils possessed inside him; Simon always lets ‘The Devils’ take over his mind and the way he acts when he feels angry and betrayed. The main time...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and unsettling story, 14 Jun. 2006
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Star_Sea "Xing" (Salisbury, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Scarecrows (Definitions S) (Paperback)
This is definitely a story for children over eleven. Westall's writing pulls no punches as he describes Simon's mindset, full of anger and increasingly isolated from his mother because of her new marriage (and her mistaken assumption that he doesn't want or need her). The atmosphere becomes more and more tense as the story progresses. The ending is open-ended, leaving the reader to wonder what happens to the characters. Highly recommended for lovers of atmospheric horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Powerful Story - Carnegie Medal Winner, 18 Sept. 2008
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A dark and deeply disturbing story of a boy overcome by hatred when his mum decides to remarry after his father's death. Even worse, is that she's chosen to marry Joe Morton, the man who embarrassed him at his boarding school Parents' Day, by turning up with his mum, no tie, in his flashy white Range Rover. Simon is torn apart with anger that his mum and little sister, Jane, seem to have forgotten his dad so easily. Having to return home in the school holidays, Simon explores an abandoned mill near his house, but there's something quite weird about the mill, and the way it's been left untouched for so many years. There is another powerful hatred here too, just waiting to be unleashed, and Simon is forced to face his fears.

Powerful and at times violent and deeply disturbing - a story for teens.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thiller that plays with your mind, 20 Oct. 2000
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The Scarecrows is a story that combines two main plots: The resolution of the 'murder' and scandal at the mill that has created an atmosphere of unease that only a few can sense. The other plot is Simon and the 'devils', representations of Simon's anger and how he can let it take over him. This second plot revolves around Simon's commitment to his now dead father that helps him in the end to overcome the 'curse' of the Scarecrows that he awakened with his strong emotions of hate for his stepfather Joe Moreton. The appearance of the Scarecrows and the atmosphere that they create, although not consciously recognised by the members of Simon's family, is still lingering and is sensed by everyone in one form or another... The whole purpose of the book is to show how Simon comes to terms with the role that Joe will play in his life and also learning that he can be his own master and doesn't have to let the 'devils' take control of his mind. In other words the Scarecrows are a test that Simon must overcome in order to defeat the devils that represent his sadness and anger at his fathers death. Overall this book is a great read and there are not that many books now adays that provoke thought like this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thiller that plays with your mind, 20 Oct. 2000
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The Scarecrows is a story that combines two main plots: The resolution of the 'murder' and scandal at the mill that has created an atmosphere of unease that only a few can sense. The other plot is Simon and the 'devils', representations of Simon's anger and how he can let it take over him. This second plot revolves around Simon's commitment to his now dead father that helps him in the end to overcome the 'curse' of the Scarecrows that he awakened with his strong emotions of hate for his stepfather Joe Moreton. The appearance of the Scarecrows and the atmosphere that they create, although not consciously recognised by the members of Simon's family, is still lingering and is sensed by everyone in one form or another. Overall this book is a great read and there are not that many books now adays that provoke thought like this book. The ending may seem to be anticlimaxmatic but once you have thought about it you just want to read the book over and over again trying each different explation.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A moving but mind puzzling novel., 12 April 2002
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I have been reading a book called The Scarecrows by Robert Westall, of which, in my personal point of view is an interesting, but mind puzzling book. The novel is about a 14 year old boy named Simon Wood who has devils possessed inside him; Simon always lets ‘The Devils’ take over his mind and the way he acts when he feels angry and betrayed. The main time when Simon lets the Devils in is when somebody comments on how much of a tart his mother (Mrs Wood) is, this is the main time because Simon always get agitated when on the subject of his mother with other men. An example of this is when a boy named Bawden makes fun of his mother and Simon kicks him. Simon attends a Public school of which he boards termly and only goes home in the holidays. When Simon goes home from having a long, hard working term his mother tells him some news, of which Simon is disgusted with, his Mum and Joe Moreton have planned to get married, and they are moving to a part of the country side, to a beautiful house called The Mill house which is next to a turnip field and mill. Simon feels betrayed about the news and feels that his Mum has not taken both himself and Jane, his sister into consideration. Then Simon discovers an old Mill with an exciting history to it that fascinates him, so much so that he gets scared of it. The rest of the story is about how Simon battles against the history, battles to save his friendship with Tris, of which at one part ‘gets killed’ and also his family who are forgetting all about his Dad, who died whilst alone, fighting. My favourite part in the story is when Simon, Tris, Mrs Wood, Joe and Jane are playing Ghosts and Ghouls and suddenly everything goes wrong as real ghosts come. The worst or saddest part in the novel, in my personal point of view is when Simon over hears his Mum and Joe talking about how they just cannot wait until they get rid of Simon. This is the worst part because you really get an insight of how Simon feels and why he deals with his feelings the way he does. The story is very moving and I would recommend it to all teenagers and above who love reading and problem solving because the end is twisted in a very clever and sophisticated way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most quizzically excellent!, 20 Jun. 2003
I have to say that I didn't wholly understand this book. It is very complicated. There are a lot of different plots all tangled together and layers upon layers of meanings!
However the book gripping, detailed and organized. It is 'complete', unlike some books which never answers its own questions. The plots are beautifully devised. Characters real, touching. What can I say? I must thanks my english teacher for choosing it for us. A really marvelous read!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gets you straight away, 1 Feb. 2001
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"The Scarecrows" is an excellent novel, it grips you from the very first line. You just want to read on and on, which I strongly recommend! There isn't a dull moment in the book, and you really feel for the characters. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good read. Especially older kids.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling,Suspence,Mystery,Comedy All add to this great book, 6 Mar. 2001
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This book is , according to me one of Westalls best. If you have never read one of his books I would get one now! Like J.kRowling aand all other great authors this book does exactly what books should do you stand by the charictors and they are great - I think every child can relate to this book some more than others I won`t say too much but lets just say the boy is at boarding school when his mum comes and tells him they have moved to a house with his much hated stepfather............
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