158: Critique of opening chapters of YA/Middle Grade novel + Signed paperback copy of Takeshita Demons by CRISTY BURNE

ITEM: Critique of opening chapters of YA or Middle Grade novels (2,000 words more or less).

ITEM: Signed paperback copy of Takeshita Demons

BIO: Cristy is a writer who has worked for three years in Japan as a teacher and editor. Cristy has worked as editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine and as a performer with the Shell Questacon Science Circus. In 2006, Cristy was selected for a Young and Emerging Writer’s Residency at Varuna House, and in 2008 she won the Voices on the Coast Children’s Writing Competition.

Cristy’s debut novel, Takeshita Demons, is a spooky adventure story for 8-12s featuring Japanese demons, or yokai. Takeshita Demons won the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Childrens Book Award, was included in the BookTrust’s 2010 Booked Up program, and featured on the BBC’s Blue Peter Book Club in January 2011.

Resources and activities for Takeshita Demons are available from: http://cristyburne.com/resources.html

Takeshita Demons reviews http://cristyburne.wordpress.com/takeshita-demons/




12 Comments on “158: Critique of opening chapters of YA/Middle Grade novel + Signed paperback copy of Takeshita Demons by CRISTY BURNE”

  1. Victoria says:


  2. Beverly Sanford says:

    £20! I love this book and as a budding writer, the critique would be so helpful!

  3. Jo Franklin says:


    Sorry Bev, the war is on.

  4. Effie says:


  5. louise pears says:


  6. cristyburne says:

    Thanks everyone for your bids! I’m so pleased you loved the book, Bev 🙂
    Keep the bids coming everyone 🙂

  7. Victoria says:


  8. Georgina Kirk says:

    Alas I am outbid, but just wanted to say great book! I lent it to my husband to read to his year 5/6 class and didn’t get it back fopr weeks as it was being borrowed by his pupils. we wait for the sequal with baited breath 😉

  9. Ben says:

    £51 😛

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