BOOK REVIEW: Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)

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Seven Stories Bookseller and Guest Blogger, Jenny Rhode reviews Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton 

In a departure from writing (and illustrating) for a younger audience. Dave Shelton’s Thirteen Chairsis a collection of ghost stories within an overarching narrative.

The story begins with Jack, a boy exploring a dilapidated house on a dark night. He is waiting outside an upstairs room, distinguishable from the other rooms in the house only by the dim, flickering light cast through the gap under the old, creaky door. He, of course, enters (Jack is a curious boy, after all).

In the room are twelve chairs. Twelve people, of varying ages and backgrounds, inhabit them. And burning, one in front of each figure, are twelve candles. A chair is pulled up for Jack, and a candle lit.

Each person in turn tells their story, and then extinguishes their candle. The room gets darker and…

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A Message from James Dawson

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Guest blogger James Dawson (@_jamesdawson) talks about why he wrote This Book is Gay and how he is looking forward to visiting Seven Stories next Tuesday.

JamesDawson picI am so excited to visit Seven Stories – I’ve been dying for an invite for about two years now. It’s like waiting for a cute guy to call, I so wasn’t going to make the first move. I love Newcastle, in fact, I had one of the best nights out I’ve ever had in your ‘Pink Triangle’. Being nominated for the North East Schools Book Prize is also a major honour – that said I have to beat a cancer book SET IN NEWCASTLE so I’m not holding my breath tbh.

I suppose I should talk a bit about my visit next week. I’m happy to chat about all of my books, that’s Say-Her-NameHollow Pike (the one with the witches), Cruel Summer (the one with the…

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