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Dread Wood

"Deadly secrets lurk beneath school in this unputdownable horror story"

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April 2022 Book of the Month | Winner of the Children's Book Award 2023 - Older Readers category

Four young people, who know but don’t like one another; a Saturday detention in their creepy old school; and the sudden, terrifying disappearance of their teacher… The stage is set for a fabulously scary horror story in which Jennifer Killick gleefully plays the genre for everything it’s got: shocks, surprises, black humour, and a growing understanding between our bunch of unlikely heroes that if they’re going to get out alive, they’ll need to work together. Killick knows just the right amount of gory detail to include and has a great line in teenage banter too. Readers, especially those new to this kind of story are in for a treat!

Andrea Reece

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Living up to it’s name Dread Wood is a scary mystery book that captured me, it was so compelling, that the day I got it I finished it! The characters are really in-depth and when reading I got to know them and I could sympathise for them.

Living up to it’s name Dread Wood is a scary mystery book that captured me, it was so compelling, that the day I got it I finished it! The characters are really in-depth and when reading I got to know them and I could sympathise for them.

Overall there isn’t anything to complain about other than the fact that the school wasn’t explained that well, so I had trouble imagining it at some points.

The pacing of this story was perfect so that it kept me on my toes and although the story wasn’t particularly realistic it made sense.... Read Full Review

Lara Russin

A Saturday school detention isn’t fun but is it safe? Find out what may be lurking beneath Dreadwood High in this exciting easy to read book for fans of horror.

This is not a book for people with arachnophobia! Set in an American high school, this book tells the story of Angelo who is blackmailed by someone who knows his secret. He has to get into trouble on purpose to get a Saturday detention or it will be revealed. Who is blackmailing him and why do they want him to be at school at the weekend? During detention Angelo and the other children begin to wonder why Mr and Mrs Latchitt (the caretakers) keep humming and whistling the tune of incy windy spider. Panic then sets in when the detention supervisor is dragged underground by something… you may be able to guess what from the clues but who and why is Angelo being targeted? This story is exciting and I read it all in one go as it is easy to read.... Read Full Review

Lucas Blake

Dread Wood is soooooo good. Even before opening the book we knew it would be because Jennifer Killick wrote it.

Four kids gather together at school on a Saturday for a detention but this is like no normal detention. It all starts going wrong when there’s a scream in the school grounds and soon after their teacher disappears.

Despite not knowing each other, the four kids - Angelo, Gustav, Naira and Hallie - work together and as well as scary moments they are so many side-splitting moments which had me giggling for ages afterwards. There is something strange happening at the school and if the kids don’t contain it more people could be in danger.

This book has it all: horror, humour and heartwarming moments.... Read Full Review

Amatullah Khatun