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Starseeker Hardcover – 5 Sep 2002

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192719246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192719249
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.1 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,766,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A hugely rewarding read, Starseeker is infused with talk of great music and music-playing, extreme bullying and misguided lawbreaking. The intensity and quality of Tim Bowler's characters are superb throughout, and none is better than Luke Stanton, the gifted pianist at the centre of the story.

After two years of grieving for his dead father, also a virtuoso pianist, Luke is still troubled and unable to connect properly with the normality of his new circumstances. He has regrettably become involved in the illegal antics of three local village boys, and their latest plan, to have Luke burgle the house of a rich widow, is doomed to failure. That Luke actually goes through with the plan is madness--but his actions open up a far bigger issue in the shape of a young girl who shouldn't be in the house at all. Skin, the gang leader, knows nothing of Luke's discovery and demands results. His actions are violent and potentially lethal. Luke's own redemption has never seemed so far away.

Luke is expertly drawn--always at war with his mother, his mother's new lover, his friends and his teachers at school and yet, in contrast, is also able to experience great joy from his music and great comfort from the tall, solid, unchanging oak tree in the local woods. It is here that Luke feels most at ease--in the shadow of a tree that he shared with his father when he was alive and now likes to think of as his own.

The book has a magical quality to it, as seen through Luke's inner eye when he experiences his music and feels each note, every background noise, in a tangible way. Starseeker is an intense, emotionally draining reading experience and it should leave a huge impression on the reader. (Age 12 and over.) --John McLay

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Powerful and mysterious. This is Tim Bowlers best book yet. (Wendy Cooling )

a thriller with a big heart and a real glimpse of the human soul, full of plot and passion, music and mystery. (Melvin Burgess )

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Format: Hardcover
Every now and then you read a book which is so compelling, so engrossing that you can't stop for a second. You end up walking around blindly reading as you go. This is why, Starseekers, Tim Bowler's best book so far, should carry a health warning so you can't blame the author when you walk into a lamp post or other large obstacle.
Very basicly, this book is about a boy's (Luke), recovery and acceptance of the death of his father. The emergence of his syneathesia, a violent group of 'friends', his mother's new boyfriend and his conflicting feeling about Mrs Little and her grandaughter all combine to a wonderful and exciting effect.
But, no amount of explanation could do this story any justice whatsover, I found that the characters were so interesting that I began to wonder what happened after the last page. Read it. That's my only advice.
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Format: Paperback
I thought this book was amazing! Definitely the best book i've read this year.
It is really emotionally compelling. And challenges the emotions with moments of happiness and beauty and sadness and disbelief.
I would recommend this book to ages 12-13+. As the books theme might not be understood by younger children.
I couldn't put this book down from the first page to the last, it really engrosses you!! Some parts are sad but this story has a happy ending, which is good! I really felt like I was in this book, watching over the characters thinking about what I'd do in their position, and I have found most books don't do that as well Starseeker.
I really enjoyed this book and I'm sure many other people would too!
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Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my thirteenth birthday, more than a year ago. After finishing it for the hundredth time today, I feel I must say something about it. I love it so much. I love when Tim Bowler writes about the music Luke experiences. I'm a pianist myself. I'm even wondering whether I should write personally to him and tell him how much Starseeker means to me. Thank you Tim Bowler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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One of the reasons I prefer music to 'songs' is that there is no set story or purpose behind music. And composers don't feel the urge to inject words like 'love', 'baby' and 'yeah' to make sure the listener likes what they are hearing. One piece of music can mean a hundred different things to a hundred different people. One of the main reasons I like film scores so much is that the pictures have been removed from the music, letting see your own pictures in your head.

Such logic is strongly used in this book. I'd never read any books by Tim Bowler before this so it was a total random purchase, and I'm glad I did because I liked it very much. The story is of Luke Stanton and his troubles with being a teenager, struggling with so many burdens, and the death of his dad. He's a great pianist and everyone is his 'quaint little English village' says so. Though he's hanging around with the wrong crowd and they want him to break into some old lady's house so they can get their hands on her jewellery box.

I'd definitely recommend this to any teenager struggling to find a good book for English class. It's not in-your-face, it doesn't raise the bar of extremities, there is no ugliness, it doesn't condescend. It's just a great story told in a peaceful environment. (Tim Bowler's fictional town is so well described you can be fully orientated as to where everything is). A shame that Bowler never reached this height again, though I'm not writing him off yet.

Oh, and my copy is signed by him too. Just wanted to show off.
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I have had this book for a while, I think maybe I was a little reluctant to start it once I realised I'd bought a book aimed at young adults but from the first page, I was hooked! This book has everything - wonderful, beautifully drawn characters a strong story and even a touch of magic. Luke's struggles to come to terms with his father's death, his alienation from his mother, resentment at life's 'unfairness' and being drawn into the dark world of Skin and his friends. I actually read the last half in one sitting, I just couldn't put the book down!

I found the 'other wordly' touches very interesting, too - not 'fantastical' enough to detract from a down to earth tale but some very interesting ideas from the author about life and death and the firmament. Read it, you won't be disappointed.
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I am next in line to read this book after my 2 daughters aged 11 and 14. They couldn't put it down!

Book Review for ‘Starseeker’ by my 11 year old daughter, Emma
The wonderful novel -‘Starseeker’- was first published by oxford university press in 2002. The author Tim Bowler starts the adventure with Luke Stanton –the protagonist- hearing, but not seeing, a little girl crying. This fictional tale follows Luke trough his problems which started when his beloved father died of cancer. Ever since Luke joined the gang (Skin, Daz and Speedy) Luke finds himself in trouble with everyone! In addition Mrs Little has secrets that are best left as secrets. The main characters: Luke Stanton, Mrs Little and Natalie all have a very unusual bond. Mrs Little and Luke have both lost loved ones that they find hard to get over. In addition Natalie and Luke share a rare and unique talent which means they can hear things from far away. Additionally they can see colours and pictures in music. This spine-tingling book wasn't something I would usually choose to read. However, I was pulled in to the adventure and emotion of Luke’s hard life almost as soon as I opened the book. I would definitely recommend this novel for ages 11+ as it has quite a hard hitting story line. Even adults would enjoy this book! ‘Starseeker’ is brilliant; I know you will love it! Love, fear, trust, hate, and pure friendship- this gripping novel has it all! My mind was captured by ‘Starseeker’ from the beginning of page 1 to the end of page 323! No wonder Tim Bowler and ‘Starseeker’ won the Carnegie medal!
Happy Reading!
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