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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190642778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427788
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Haunters come from the illustrator of the Harry Potter books, which I find a pretty fascinating connection.

14-year-old David has dreams so vivid they seem real. In a dream, he saves his friend Eddie from a fire, which inexplicably makes Eddie turn against him. David finds out that his dreams are in fact forays into the past, where he appears like a ghost - but he's not the only one.

David is inducted into the Dreamwalkers Project, who are engaged against a rogue - Adam, the most powerful dreamwalker they've ever seen. Adam is working for the Haunters, a counter-organisation that is bent on reaping personal benefit by manipulating history. But there is something much more sinister happening, and Eddie is the key to it all. David and Adam must face off with each other to keep history running as it should, but who will win?

Haunters has a great concept, and although like any time-travel theory, it can't be looked at too closely, it holds together well enough for the purpose of the story. I was bothered by certain aspects of it, but they were (mildly) dealt with towards the end of the book - if that bit had come earlier, I could have enjoyed it more wholeheartedly.

Nevertheless, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and David's character is engaging. As other reviewers have noted, there are strong female characters (physically and emotionally) who provide a nice counterpoint from the central trio of David, Eddie and Adam. Its mood harks back to the kind of books I read when I was younger - the mysteries and discovery of secrets, the friendship and being tested, and the sense of suspense and sometimes danger. In a lot of ways, it fits into the same niche as the early Harry Potter books.

The story is self-contained and can be read as a standalone, although a sequel appears to be in the works. While it's aimed at the YA age-group, I'd easily recommend for confident readers, 9+.
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I loved this page-turner. I enjoyed it so much that I am now reading it with my Year 6 able readers (10/11 years old) and they are loving it too. They read The Northen Lights prior to that, and they are just as enthusiastic about Haunters as they were of Philip Pullman's classic. Being mainly a girls' group and being great fans of Lyra, they are enjoying the strong female characters in Haunters. However, they are also loving the darker side of the story which is taking them to places they have been before, far from the children's novels they are used to reading at school. I highly recommend this book for children and adults alike.
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By Quicksilver TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2012
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You may never have heard of Thomas Taylor but you have certainly seen his work. As an artist he created the original covers for that moderately successful series Harry Potter. Now, artist has become author, and the results deserve a wide audience too. The concept for Haunters is elegant and simple. There exists among us 'Dreamwalkers', who, when asleep, can travel through space and time.

David has a recurring dream that takes place in 1940 (David lives in modern Britain), where he meets Eddie, a child living in war-torn London. One day, sinister forces try to abduct David from school. He escapes thanks to the help of another cabal, the secret but benevolent Dreamwalkers. David learns he has a rare ability; when he dreams he travels to the places he is dreaming about. Dreamwalkers can't interact physically with their surroundings, but their presence can alter history, so they try to ensure the leave no trace of themselves. They appear in their new locations as spectres, giving an elegant explanation for ghost sightings throughout the ages.

The Dreamwalkers operate out of a Hi-Tech subterranean base somewhere in the Swiss alps. Only children can travel through dreams, giving Dreamwalker HQ the feel of Hogwarts run by a Bond villain. The point of all this? To prevent history being mutilated by villains of the piece, the 'Haunters'. Haunters use their time-travelling abilities and ghost-like presence for their own personal gain. Sometimes this is disrupting important historical events, others it's as simple as putting lots of money on the 4.30 at Kempton.

Now, Adam, the finest Dreamwalker of his generation, has gone rogue, teaming up with the Haunters. His goal? To kill Eddie.
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By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2012
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I read this before giving it to my grandchildren (11 & 10) and couldn't put it down.
10 is the lowest end of the age range for this, it's quite a sophisticated plot involving the acceptance of time travel and out of body experiences, but children raised on Dr Who will enjoy the familiar experience. The concept of having to ensure that your own future existence is guaranteed in a time travel story is a very familiar one, but it is given a new aspect here.
Set in contemporary and wartime (WWII) Britain, it's an extremely well-written tale with realistic dialogue and engaging characters.
There are a range of neat plot twists that I didn't spot coming - and the end is left slightly open, which leads to the possibility of a sequel in the future.
Nicely balanced with both heroes and heroines, this is a book that will appeal to fantasy loving boys and girls of around 10-14.
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