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Takeshita Demons (Takeshita Demons #1)

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Miku Takeshita and her family have moved from Japan to live in the UK, but unfortunately the family's enemy demons have followed them! Miku knows she's in trouble when her new supply teacher turns out to be a Nukekubi - a bloodthirsty demon who can turn into a flying head and whose favourite snack is children. That night, in a raging snowstorm, Miku's little brother Kazu i ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Shirley Marr
Apr 20, 2011 Shirley Marr rated it really liked it
Young Miku's family has relocated from Japan to England. Having to start at a new school, make friends and fend off the unwanted remarks from nasty little boys should be the most of her worries... but Baba's (Grandmother's) protection has been broken and it looked like more than just emotional baggage (say... demons with FLYING DETACHABLE HEADS) has followed Miku to her new home...

This is the publishing result of the winner of the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award. Having lived and taugh
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Meep
Jan 27, 2016 Meep rated it it was amazing
While I would give the book maybe three or even a measley two stars if I read it quietly by myself (not a horror fan), I'm giving it five for my review because it was such an excellent, A+, enjoyable readaloud book for my students! There's nothing like a classroom full of kids begging you to read for "just five more minutes, puh-leeeaaaaase???" every. single. week.
Bruce Gargoyle
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Miku, who loved hearing stories of Yokai from her Baba, has moved to England with her family. When a disappearing visitor knocks on the door, Miku is thrust into a dangerous situation, as Yokai of all types begin troubling the Takeshita family.

If you are a fan of fantasy and mild horror for middle grade readers, then this should be a delightfully dangerous change of pace, featuring, as it does, monsters from the rich and complex mythology of Japan. This opening book alone inc
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Stephen  Alff (AlffBooks)
This book is a very quick read, easily finished in one sitting. I probably would have enjoyed it more at a younger age. I found the references to Japanese culture and stories to be very interesting. The fact that the main characters are much younger makes it harder to connect with them, but it is interesting because you really do feel that the main characters(Miku and Cait) are quite young and it is often hard to simplify writing in such a way to bring that across without making them sound stupi ...more
Deborah
Jan 18, 2017 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was scary at first but when you read it more it becomes less frightning. Cristy Burne
Titis Wardhana
Jul 05, 2012 Titis Wardhana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
gw masukin horor soalnya ada hantu2-nya...

Ceritanya Miku pindah ke London setelah Baba-nya meninggal. Baba Miku ini semacam psychic gt, suka berhubungan sama hantu dan kenal banyak sama hantu. Miku sering diceritain macam2 hantu yang baik dan jahat.
Suatu hari, di sekolah Miku ada guru pengganti yg ciri2nya kayak Nukekubi, hantu yang bisa melepas kepalanya gt. Guru ini punya bekas merah di sekeliling lehernya yang ditutupi kalung, dan suka menggaruk2 bagian lehernya itu, pokoknya ciri2nya menunju
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Mary Ann
This exciting adventure features Japanese supernatural demons – yokai – and a young girl’s fight to protect her younger brother. Yokai are well known in Japan and still an important part of Japanese folklore, but they are little known outside of Japan. Twelve-year-old Miku Takeshita has recently moved to London, but she misses her grandmother terribly. In Japan, her grandmother taught her about the secrets of the spirit world, including Zashiko, the child-ghost who protected them from hostile sp ...more
Tom Franklin
Jun 29, 2011 Tom Franklin rated it it was ok
Takeshita Demons starts off with a Labyrinth-like premise: a young girl's must rescue her baby brother who has been taken by demons from another world. Toss in a substitute teacher who is actually a Japanese demon whose head detaches from her body at night, a major snowstorm that empties the schools early and strands parents away from the kids, and you have the makings for a great MG story.

The problem is Takeshita Demons never really gets its footing. The characters are sketches of characters, h
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Markku Kesti
Aug 01, 2012 Markku Kesti rated it liked it
Miku on Japanista Englantiin muuttanut tyttö joka saa huomata, että hänen kotimaansa henget ovat jostain syystä seuranneet häntä.

Tarinassa olisi aineksia vaikka kuinka. Ihmisiä syövistä irtopäistä japanilaisiin perinteisiin demoneihin ja henkiolentoihin, mutta hiukan henkilöt jäävät ohuiksi ja kiireellä luonnostelluiksi ja tarina on ohi ennen kuin lukija ehtii päättää kiintyisikö päähenkilöihin eli Mikuun ja irlantilaiseen ystävättäreen. Ruutia ja ammuksia siis olisi, mutta tähtäystä täytyy tule
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cindy
petualangan takeshita miku -anak jepang yg keluarganya pindah ke london- dan sahabatnya cait o'neall dalam menghadapi berbagai macam hantu jepang. yg plg menakutkan adalah nakekubi, makhluk yg kl siang serupa manusia tp saat malam hari kepalanya bs lepas kyk leak begitu. si nakekubi ini ngejar2 miku krn dia keturunan wanita klg takeshita yg terakhir, tp kenapa nya jg msh blm jelas.

ini mmg aslinya ceritanya tiba2 selesai atau edisi bhs indonesianya ini yg ngaco ya? lg seru2nya ngadepin si ubiubi
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Nick
Mar 11, 2011 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
While interesting and unusual for its use of yokai, the spirits of Japanese folklore, the story felt frustratingly incomplete in its semi-resolution. Yes, the specific "big bad" is defeated, but not really by the central character. In fact, she spends most of the story as a spectator, being rewarded or punished for things outside her control. It appears to be a setup for sequels, but I hope the author keeps the story under better control.
Holly Harker
Sep 16, 2010 Holly Harker rated it it was amazing
I read in another review that this was a gentle horror story for young readers. Okay, so maybe it wasn't splatter central, but it was genuinely creepy! Head-detaching, child-eating Japanese demons? Faceless men who show up on your doorstep? I loved this book, and I can definitely see why it won the Francis Lincoln Diverse Voices Award. Wonderfully written with likeable, fleshed out characters. And very, very cool bad guys.
Suzanne
Feb 28, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! Short and punchy and full of fantastic, surreal demonology. There's SO much research in this book, but it doesn't weigh down the text at all. I also liked the still tangible remnants of our protagonists family history and past in Japan, even though the stories set in Britain. Very recommended!
Christiane
Miku's family has moved from Japan to England, and apparently so have a host of Japanese demons, including the worst substitute teacher ever who turns out to be a nukekubi: a demon whose head flies around at night looking for children to eat! This book is great for children interested in Japan or Japanese folklore, and has some genuinely scary parts.
Aidenn S
May 06, 2014 Aidenn S rated it really liked it
Quick read. It has the right length, and it's definitely scary enough for middle-graders. Overall, a very interesting take on Japanese ghost folklore. Engaging!
Arja
Aug 02, 2012 Arja rated it it was amazing
Kunnon menoa ja meininkiä. Ei liian vaikea juttuja mutta silti uutta tietoa ja jotain näille japaninälkäisille pienille.

Kiitos Markku kun koeluit :)
Nabeela
Jul 15, 2016 Nabeela rated it really liked it
This book I read 5 years ago and I decided to reread it wasn't as amazing as the first time but loved it nevertheless
Daniel Stephens
Aug 25, 2013 Daniel Stephens rated it liked it
Shelves: books-on-kindle
Charming in its use of Japanese folklore, but I never got the feeling that the characters were in any danger.
Lisa
Apr 08, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-fantasy
It was a quick and enjoyable read. It was very entertaining and a little scary. I would recommend it to 5th graders and up. The manga illustrations were great and fit well with the story.
Hilary Wagner
Mar 19, 2011 Hilary Wagner rated it really liked it
This is a good, quick read. Not too scary for younger middle-graders and should entice reluctant readers as well. :)
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