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Scarecrows (Definitions S) Paperback – 7 Jul 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult); New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099482347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099482345
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Powerfully blends an exceptionally chilling drama with a story of insight and compassion about unhappiness" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)

"Robert Westall is the father of the golden age of children's literature in this century, quite unrivalled in his sharpness of observation and pace of narrative" (Michael Morpurgo)

"A brooding story about jealousy, hatred, murder and love" (Parents News)

"A hard-hitting book . . . a must-read from this ever popular author" (Teaching & Learning)

"Atmospheric, perceptive and brilliant" (Daily Echo)

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A brooding story about jealousy, hatred, murder and love from this multi-award winning author.

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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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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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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.Read more ›
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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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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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