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A HAUNTED HOUSE, A SPOOKY WOOD, A DEADLY CURSE, AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
When Daisy’s crotchety old neighbour, Mr Braithwaite, dies and a new family move in, she finds it hard to stay away from her window, intrigued by what is happening in the house next door. Why is the new boy acting so strangely when he is in his room? Why is he trying to avoid being at home? And what does
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Lucinda Elliot
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: both young and 'mature' adults

Excellent! I was really impressed.

This novel combines lively action, humour, vivid descriptions and characterisation in an expertly woven creepy supernatural adventure alternated with prosaic high school life in a small Yorkshire town.

There is a curse on a house by Tinker's Wood, and it must begin and end with a death.
When new neighbours move next door to the protagonist Daisy May and her mother, something re-activates it from its decades long sleep.

This is a scarcy story, and a funny and a sa
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Jo Danilo
Mar 14, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommended to Jo by: myself
Shelves: my-books
Review posted on behalf of Georgina:

"I read this book in three chunks, over a period of two days! I was hooked to the story and literally could not put it down! It's the perfect read for many teenage girls like myself what with it covering dilemmas we can relate to and also including the interesting element of the ghost story that leaves you desperate to read on to find out what happens next.

I fell in love with Daisy the main character almost instantly and could relate to her throughout the boo
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Michelle
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. The characters were well developed and the suspense was great. I can't wait to read more from Jo Danilo!!
Jane Duthie
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melanie
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, cute and spooky in equal measures!
Les Robinson
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Les by: a friend
The Curtain Twitchers Handbook is brilliantly written, funny and witty. I loved it from start to finish. The characters are all totally believable and likeable and I love the way that Jo Danilo writes. Couldn't wait to get to the end to see what happened and then was sorry I'd finished it because I enjoyed it so much
Lisa
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story. Couldn't put it down!
Anna Dawes
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is for most parts an excellent read. Loved the way it was written and great story line. Definitely compelled to keep reading. But to me it was more teenage fiction and therefore felt did not need the tragic bit of the book to complete the mystery of the story. Could have easily been rewritten possibly in a cleverer and less aggressive way. It would be that...and not the sex bit that would stop me giving it to young teens to read.
Rach Crisp
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable

A lovely, easy read. Capturing teenage angst well! Deeper than I expected, with some interesting twists. I'll definitely look out for her next book.
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Oh YES! THIS book! I still remember it as my favourite on Authonomy when I was lucky enough to read it years and years ago. I don't remember details but I do remember it being very funny and compelling with great characters :-D
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Jo writes stories for Young Adults and Children. Though she considers herself a Yorkshire lass, she now lives in the Far North of New Zealand - decidedly more tropical than the north of England. She likes nothing better than a whole, uninterrupted day of writing, which she generally gets on her birthday. Hurray for birthdays!

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“It may seem obvious but, at night, curtain-twitching should only be attempted in a darkened room. So many of us forget in our haste and are discovered. (Curtain-Twitching Rule #2)” 0 likes
“It doesn’t matter what kind of curtains you have. They don’t have to be the traditional net or lace ones. Cotton, velvet, organza, polyester, silk… all work just as well. The main thing is to actually have curtains. Blinds can be discounted immediately. They are too noisy and do not have the required elegance. Blinds do not ‘twitch’; they clatter. (Curtain Twitching Rule #1)” 0 likes
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