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Daniel Blythe
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Shadow Breakers

(Shadow Runners #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Can she escape the shadows and face the truth before the darkness destroys her?

"If the enemy is a fire, the evil is its shadow, flickering upon the wall."

"That's very poetic, Miss Bellini. I just wish I knew what it meant."

Miranda's new home is a dull seaside town at the edge of the world, the sort of forgotten place where nothing ever happens. Until something does. Someth
Published January 1st 2013 by Chicken House (first published February 2nd 2012)
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Ms. Yingling
Miranda is not happy that she, her mother, and her baby brother Truffle have moved to Firecroft Bay from London, but she understands her mother's need to move somewhere different after the death of Miranda's television personality father. Miranda feels a strange sense of foreboding in her new home, and this is reinforced when the school bus is completely consumed by ice on her first ride to school! She manages to make friends with Jade, another new girl from London, but is drawn to a group of ge ...more
Small spoiler alert - not major stuff
In Shadow Breakers, Daniel Blythe follows teen Miranda as she recovers from her father’s death, moving to a new city, and starting a new school. As if those events weren’t bad enough, the new town of Firecroft Bay, UK is encountering strange phenomenon. On the first day of school, in August, the school bus ices completely over (inside and out). At the same time Miranda keeps running into a group of "weirdoes” who take a special interest in her. As the story p
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's Got Books on Her Mind

"I call it the Shape because I don't know what it is. It's just... formless, like a shimmering, ever-changing shadow. But somehow I know - I just know - it's made of three things: fire and water and the purest, coldest darkness. And then there's the whisper.
Miranda. Come away, Miranda. Come to me."

Miranda can't sleep because when she sleeps she dreams. She dreams of the Shape, this unidentifiable thing filled with darkness reaching out to her, calling out to her, and w
Stefanie Hasse
"Wir sehen Dinge, die wir nicht sehen sollen", sagt er sanft. "Wir wissen Dinge, die wir nicht wissen sollten."
"Geheimnisse," sagt Miss Bellini, "am Rand dessen, was man Realität nennt."
(S. 49)

"Da ist ein Blitz aus Dunkelheit, ein Schmierfleck auf der Oberfläche der Realität, sowie eine Kälte und ein Kreischen in meinem Kopf. Meine Augen sind weder geschlossen noch offen, aber es fühlt sich an, als würde ich wach träumen, hier mitten auf der Straße. Ich bin außer Atem und mir ist heiß
Shreenita Shegar
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Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein aufregendes Ghostbusters-Abenteuer für junge Geisterjäger.

Miranda durchlebt eine schwierige Zeit. Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters zieht sie mit ihrer Mutter und ihrem kleinen Bruder in das verschlafene Küstenstädtchen Firecroft Bay. Das junge Mädchen fühlt sich unwohl in ihrer Haut. Das liegt nicht nur an dem immer wiederkehrenden, dunklen Traum mit dem wispernden Schatten, sondern auch daran, dass ihr erster Schultag an einer neuen Schule kurz bevor steht. Bereits an der Bushaltestelle, an der s
Jan (lost pages)

Nach dem Tod ihres Vaters zieht Miranda zusammen mit ihrer Mutter und ihrem kleinen Bruder nach Firecroft Bay. Schon eine ganze Weile befallen Miranda seltsame Albträume, in denen merkwürdige Schatten sie bedrohen.
In der Schule findet sie eine Freundin in Jade, die sich mit der Zeit aber ziemlich seltsam verhält. Vielleicht liegt es aber auch daran, dass Miranda immer mehr Zeit mit den "Spackos" verbringt. Eine wild durchgemixte Gruppe an Schülern, die im Hintergrund eine kleine geheime Or
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wispernde Schatten – Daniel Blythe

Miranda, eine zwölfjährige Jugendliche aus London, hat Albträume. Träume von einem Schatten, der sie jede Nacht erschauern lässt. Nach dem Miranda mit ihrem kleinen Bruder Trüffel und ihrer Mutter von London nach Firecroft Bay gezogen ist, muss sie sich ständig mit Albträumen plagen. Firecroft Bay ist ein recht ödes, langweiliges Plätzchen mit vielen Senioren. Seit sie hier sind, leben sie in einem alten Steingebäude, welc
Roark Anderson
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read this book I was reading almost strictly fantasy novels. Ya know, no nonsense, fairies, elves goblins and the like. Then I saw this book with it's lovely cover art (I will read any book with a redhead on the front haha) and mysterious title and was intrigued. This was the first book I read in what I would call the "teen paranormal" genera. While instead of outright magical things happening, there is more mystery and suspense, usually with a decidedly still magical element but that is ...more
Ganz nett, teilweise jedoch zu skuril für meinen Geschmack.

In diesem Kinder-und Jugend-Fantasy-Buch dreht sich alles um Miranda. Miranda hat fast jede Nacht Alpträume in denen sie von Schatten und einem Mädchen bzw. einer Frau heimgesucht wird. Auch am Tage sieht sie immer häufiger diese Schatten und als sie an die neue Schule kommt spitzen sich die mysteriösen Ereignisse zu.....

Hauptperson ist Miranda, ein nettes Mädchen, mit einer übernatürlichen Fähigkeit, die im Großen
Daph (Loving Books)
In this story we follow Miranda, who moves to a small seaside town where not much is going on. Until she gets the feeling she's being stalked, and weird things are starting to happen. Buses that freeze over and computers that overheat and explode without a reason are no exceptions in what is going on. Miranda gets adapted into a group of friends, people who don't seem to belong together. They are Shadow Runners, and together they are trying to find out what's going on. When they find out, Mirand ...more
Miranda May has just moved with her mom & baby brother from London to a tiny seaside town in England where nothing seems to happen - until the Shadow that has been haunting Miranda's dreams starts showing up around town. Not only is Miranda desperately trying to ignore the mysterious "Shadow", but she meets a group of secretive students who moonlight as paranormal detectives. They seem to think Miranda has some kind of special skill or power to offer their group as they investigate unexplain ...more
Bertrand Brasil
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Criada por Daniel Blythe, Caçadores de Sombras é a esperada aventura de suspense e de paranormalidade que chega ao país após agradar milhares de jovens ao ser lançado na Grã-Bretanha. O autor ficou famoso por ser roteirista da famosa série de televisão Doctor Who.

Quando a menina de treze anos Miranda Kay muda-se para uma pequena cidade, rapidamente se convence que está sendo seguida. O estranho é que ela tem a sensação de que seu perseguidor não é humano... Será que está enlouquecendo? Para enfr
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando a menina de treze anos Miranda Kay muda-se para uma pequena cidade, rapidamente se convence que está sendo seguida. O estranho é que ela tem a sensação de que seu perseguidor não é humano... Será que está enlouquecendo? Para enfrentar esse mal e resolver este mistério, a protagonista terá a ajuda de mais quatro jovens – Josh, Cal, Ollie e Lyssa.

O quarteto sabe que precisa de Miranda. E ela, por sua vez, tem a estranha sensação de que Cal e seus amigos têm as respostas para as muitas dúvid
Maia F
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it's about a girl named Miranda(the main character) who has just moved to Firecroft Bay a seaside town at "the edge of the world", where nothing ever happens. But something does. Something strange and extraordinary. With her schoolteacher and her four new classmates Josh, Cal, Ollie & Lyssa, who might know more than they let on, Miranda sets out to uncover the mystery. Miranda thinks she's chasing shadows, tortured spirits from centuries past, but could the shadow be ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A supernatural story based on being true to yourself and the real meaning of friendship. Miranda's in a new town, new school, and is invited into a secret group of kids, led by a teacher, that is investigating some scary, almost otherworldly events. She thinks the group's targeting the wrong person- another girl she's befriended. The suspense and action are wonderful, the setting - a seaside English town- just creepy enough. A great quick read.
Amara Tanith
Well... I didn't hate this, but I suppose I didn't really enjoy it, either. Overall, the plot was rather dull, and I disliked most of the characters. Meh.

Full review to come at Amara's Eden. A copy of this book was provided free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cathy Chen
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was creepy.
Juliana Skwara
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um dos motivos que me fez querer ler Caçadores de Sombras foi por se tratar de uma história sobrenatural envolvendo o público infantojuvenil. Se tem uma coisa que gosto são de histórias sombrias juvenis e já fazia ideia do que o livro podia retratar. Só que fui surpreendida e não de uma forma positiva.

O livro conta a história de Miranda May que após a morte do pai, se muda com a mãe e o seu irmão Trufa para a cidade misteriosa Firecroft Bay. Ao chegar na cidade, a garota começa a ter uma série d
Shadow Runners by David Blythe is about a 12 year old girl discovering she has this strange paranormal gift and learning about it and the world it belongs to with the help of her friends.

In terms of plot, it wasn't too detailed or intricate, and I feel as if Blythe could have gone in many more directions with the plot, or just added a lot more detail. This, above most other things made me feel as if it were primarily a pre-teenish book, written for children aged between 9-13.

With the characters,
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, the beginning was pretty boring, but suddenly it became like a thriller or something! I love that!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it
Echt gut!
A good read, that keeps you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails with curiosity. 4 stars!
Tina ♥ Bookaholic
Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Immer wieder hoffe ich, wenn ich ein ähnliches Buch in dieser Zielgruppe mit diesem Thema anfange zu lesen, dass ich auf eine weitere, neue Harry Potter ähnliche Reihe stoße, mit der gleichen tollen Verzauberung, werde aber immer wieder aufs Neue enttäuscht. Auch hier war es eher eine fahle Geschichte, von der ich mir ehrlich gesagt mehr erhofft hatte.

Die Figuren sind ungefähr alle in dem Alter von 12 bis 14 Jahre und sind Untergrund-Detektive oder Ghostbusters, die paran

"Nicht schlafen wird langsam zum Problem.
Ich würde alles dafür geben, nicht zu träumen." (Seite 6)

Düster und geheimnisvoll. Das verspricht der Klappentext und es beginnt auch so. Die Träume sind richtiggehend gruselig. Die Situation im Bus wirklich beklemmend. Ein guter Anfang ist gemacht. Gerade für die Altersklasse ab 12 Jahren, die noch nicht eine sehr große (Thriller-) Leseerfahrung mit bringen kann, gelingt es dem Autor ein spannendes Setting zu kreieren, sodass die Zielgruppe sicherlich
Twelve-year-old Miranda May and her mother move to a small seaside town after the death of her father. She has no idea what has precipitated the move although she realizes her mother's motivations by the end of the book. It's hard to make friends at first, but Miranda bonds with Jade, a girl with the same musical tastes as she has, and with four other odd students who are determined to find the reasons for some of the odd happenings in their town, for instance, a school bus whose internal temper ...more
Kayla Eklund
This is only the third time in my blogging career that I have had to write a DNF (did not finish) review. I barely passed the 50 page mark. After that, I couldn’t take it anymore. I would rather bang my head against a brick wall repeatedly than finish this novel. The writing style was absolutely atrocious. I don’t think I have read anything this poorly written in years. The pacing of the novel was horribly slow. I felt like I was trying to walk through freshly poured concrete trying to get where ...more
Alexia Gordon
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
A fun read. 12 year-old girl has to adjust to new town/new school and life without Dad while trying to make friends, figure out who to trust, and figure out why she keeps having waking nightmares about a strange shadow creature. Oh yeah, and save the world from being overrun by supernatural evil. Sort of like Junior X-Files meets the Mission Impossible Force. Refreshing to find a book that wasn't a sex-soaked soap opera masquerading as a paranormal suspense/thriller. There's enough character dev ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Well this book definitely wasn't for me. It wasn't a bad book as such it just seemed to me that the whole storyline was dragged out throughout and then the big fight at the end was over way to soon. Although it dragged I didn't feel, as a reader, that I was given enough background information about what Miranda is and how she's come to be like this. It was a good story and would appeal to some young adult book readers but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
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Daniel Blythe was born in Maidstone and educated at Maidstone Grammar School and St John’s College, Oxford. He is the author of three Doctor Who novels including Autonomy, as well as the novels The Cut, Losing Faith and This Is The Day. He has also written the non-fiction books The Encyclopaedia Of Classic 80s Pop, I Hate Christmas: A Manifesto for the Modern-Day Scrooge, Dadlands: The Alternative ...more