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  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446495032
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

Scarecrows




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

There were three people, standing in the darkest place, watching him.

Simon is outraged that his Mum plans to remarry. He can't bear her new fiancé or the way his mother and sister seem to have forgotten his late father. Overwhelmed by hatred and anger he seeks solace in a nearby abandoned water mill. But another, powerful hatred lingers within its walls. And it is about to be unleashed...

Westall's immense talent is evident from the opening line - Simon's anger and unhappiness are tangible, and the Scarecrows' ill-intentions terrifying.

  • Published: 31 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446495032
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

About the author

Robert Westall

Robert Westall was born in 1929 on Tyneside, and he grew up there during the war. He went to the local Grammar School and then studied Fine Art at Durham University, and Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He worked as an art teacher in Cheshire and for the Samaritans.

His first novel for children, The Machine Gunners, published in 1975, was an instant success and was awarded the Carnegie Medal. His books have been translated into ten languages, dramatised for television and he won the Carnegie again in 1982 for The Scarecrows, the Smarties Prize in 1989 for Blitzcat, and the Guardian Award in 1991 for The Kingdom by the Sea. Between 1986 until his death in 1993, he devoted himself to his writing.

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Praise for Scarecrows

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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