Starseeker Paperback – 15 May 2003
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full of plot and passion, music and mystery. It's very rare to find a book that moves the heart, touches the spirit and yet remains so well grounded in everyday life. It'll stick to your fingers, this one - don't miss it. (Melvin Burgess )
A memorable book. Tim Bowler's best yet. (David Almond )
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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.
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!
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.
Truly a wonderful book. Read it!