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Dead Scared

(Haunt #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  18 reviews
When Will finds himself in hospital, but unable to make anyone see or hear him, he realises that he never made it home from his first date with the school hottie. Knocked off his bike in a road traffic accident, Will is now officially dead - and a ghost. But somehow his best mate, Dougie, can still see him, and, once they've exhausted all the comic possibilities of being i ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published August 29th 2013)
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Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a surprisingly good book. I loved Will' s sense of humour and his friendship with Dougie. This seems to be part of a series so I'm hoping we'll find out more about how being a ghost works and the creepy lamplighter - and eventually who was driving the car.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Where do I begin? Oh yeah, I loved this book, and I mean really loved this book. It was absolutely wonderful and I am still not certain that I am fully over how good it actually was. This is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books of 2014 by far.

This book revolves around a boy named Will, who after an accident finds himself to be dead, and the only person who knows he is there is his long term best friend Dougie. The two of them try and find why Will is still around, and why the only
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After a fatal hit and run accident, Will finds himself stuck as a ghost and drawn to hang around his best friend Dougie. As neither boy is certain how or why Will's ghostly condition has come about, they begin a quest to solve the mystery, creating a lot of embarrassing situations (for Dougie, mostly) along the way.

I picked this one up because I love a book with a deceased central character and Haunt provided a light, mildly humorous diversion from a hefty review load. I enjo
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children's and NetGalley.)
15-year-old Will is tragically killed as he bikes over to his friend’s house.
Who killed him? And can Will and his best friend work it out?

This was an okay story, and it had its funny moments, but I think it was aimed at the younger kids.

Will was funny at times, and I did like some of the jokes he made. He seemed to take his death remarkably well,
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-authors
I requested Haunt on a whim and what a good whim it turned out to be. I enjoyed it a lot and was happy to find out there will be a sequel and most of you know how rarely I like sequels/trilogies.

Despite the fact that Haunt begins with Will dying it is a fun book. Though there are emotional moments, which I think Curtis Jobling handles very well. Once Will realises his best friend can see him, he shows up in Dougie’s room. After the initial shock of Will being a ghost and Dougie’s suspicious tast
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Very similar in concept to another book I read on NetGalley but a completely different novel. A great book. Fantastic read and very entertaining. A fairly realistic depiction of teenagers. Haunt made me chuckle, made me feel sad, and also smile. However, don't be fooled, Haunt also has some seriously creepy and tense moments, and the plot takes a quite sinister, yet maybe slightly predictable (I worked out the killer almost straight away) end. It was lovely to read a book set somewhere fairly lo ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was not what I expected. I loved Rise of the Wolf so gave this a try. I enjoyed the story but I didn't read it as fast as Wereworld and put it down rather a lot. I was intrigued to find out exactly what had happened to Will and that part of the story built up really well towards the end.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
review to come...
Kira Robinson
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I only thought this book was ok, I went into reading this thinking the book was going to be more of a mystery than it was. Throughout the book, the main characters (Will and Dougie) are trying to figure out a way to help the main character Will move on but throughout the book everything the pair try doesn't work and by the end of the book the two main characters are no closer to figuring out who was driving the car involved in Wills death. The mystery that is solved in this book revolves around ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5* entertaining Y/A story--definitely geared toward a young teen audience, which is fine. I will be reading the next book and hope to eventually find out who was driving the car.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-under-12s
Really liked it. A couple of words/phrases jumped out tho - i doubt a 15 year old would say 'for pity's sake' or 'haplessness'.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read.

I thought at first glance that I would never make through the Hardy Boys, however it turned out to be decent mystery.
Keith  Blodgett
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good story. Light yet spooky. Mysterious yet amusing. Very much a different take on the whole haunting genre. On his way to tell his best friend some amazing news Will is hit and killed by an unknown driver. Sometime later in the hospital he realizes he's dead. He had his moment to pass on into 'the next life' but just misses his chance. After a while he finds he's haunting his bust friend, Dougie. During this time the meet others who've passed on, some pleasant and worth helping solv ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
y only criticism would be that it was a bit slow moving in places when there wasn’t any action going on, which was particularly relevant near the beginning. But overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it to young teens.

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Penny Mackenzie
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A delightful read for younger young Adults. Loved the references to popular culture. Scooby Doo, Stephen King and many more. Enjoyed the slang. Great book for a reluctant reader. I like to think it is in tune with the audiences social language and concerns in a light hearted way.
Karen Barber
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Read for the Stockport Book Awards. Great comedy character, and a quirky idea. Some genuinely creepy moments, but it all felt like a race to the finish.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Good satisfying read with opportunity for more adventures with Will and Dougie
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Curtis Jobling is an author and illustrator based in the UK. Working in publishing and animation he is possibly most (in)famously known as the designer of the BAFTA winning "Bob The Builder", as well as creator of CBeebies "Raa Raa the Noisy Lion" and CBBC's "Frankenstein’s Cat". Early work in animation included model and puppet painting on Wallace & Gromit’s "A Close Shave" and Tim Burton’s " ...more

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