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S2 Book Talks – Horror – March 2019

A requested theme by pupils is Horror for one of their book talks. They will hear all about a variety of books in this genre during March….

Frankenstein Graphic Novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein is the terrifying story of a scientist who uses his powers to bring a dead body back to life and thus creates a monster. Little can the scientist imagine the consequences of his actions, as he and his creation quickly become drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse, which only one of them can win … This graphic novel  version is part of a series of adaptations of well-known stories, designed to introduce young readers to the classics.

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Beneath heaven is hell.

Beneath hell is Furnace.

Furnace Penitentiary. The world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. One way in, no way out. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, ‘new fish’ Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: escape or die. Only in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night and deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. Behind everything is the terrifying warden, whose powers stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates, Alex plans the prison break to end all prison breaks…

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

Dark and compelling, confusing and totally engrossing, stays with you long after you have finished the book. Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2014.

I can’t believe I fell for it. It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor. There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out. What’s he going to do to me? What am I going to do? If I’m right, the lift will come down in five minutes. It did. Only this time it wasn’t empty…

The Bunker Diary is award-winning, young adult writer Kevin Brooks’ pulse-pounding exploration of what happens when your worst nightmare comes true – and how will you survive?

 

The Piper by Danny Weston

Winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015 age 12- 16 category

When Peter and his little sister, Daisy, are evacuated from London to the countryside, they find themselves on an isolated farm in the middle of a treacherous marshland. As Daisy gets drawn deeper into the secrets of their new home, Peter starts to realise that something very sinister is going on. What is that music they can hear at night? And who are the children dancing to it?

He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Zom-B by Darren Shan

When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B Smith’s racist father thinks it’s a joke– but even if it isn’t, he figures, it’s ok to lose a few Irish. B doesn’t fully buy into Dad’s racism, but figures it’s easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. But when zombies attack B’s school, B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors, making allegiances with anyone with enough guts to fight off their pursuers.