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Breathe: A Ghost Story

Cliff McNish

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Children's Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

A chilling story of the supernatural for readers of 11+.

Jack is used to danger. His asthma has nearly killed him more than once. But his new home has a danger he's never known before - the spirits of the dead.

They can't breathe, but in Jack's house they CHASE, HIDE and SCREAM.

Only Jack can see them. Only he can hear them. And only he can learn their secrets in time to save himself. But first he must confront the terrifying Ghost Mother...

'Breathe' is the multiple-award winning ghost story which was voted one of the top 100 novels of all time by British school librarians in April 2013.

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Praise for Breathe: A Ghost Story

  • A true ghost story - the kind that lays its cold fingers on you, grips tight and doesn't let go even when the last page has been turned - Wonderfully spine-chilling. - THE BOOKSELLER

  • Such is McNish's skill that when you read of the young hero Jack's asthma attacks, you'll find your own breathing feels constricted. He evokes the same empathy when dealing with the ghosts who haunt Jack, taking us into the realms of inventiveness that are his trademark. Breathtaking. - THE GUARDIAN

  • Just the thing for adolescents in search of something engagingly horrible ... startling. - THE INDEPENDENT

  • Scary, disturbing and intense, a thoroughbred amongst haunted house tales. - SFX

  • Breathe is a brilliantly inventive ghost story, compellingly written. It is spine-chilling, disturbing and truly frightening. A real page turner. - BOOKTRUST

  • An astoundingly creative story, with some truly scary moments ... the remarkable way in which Mcnish develops the theme of breathing, including an acutely well-drawn representation of Jack's chronic asthma, and you find yourself with a multi-layered story that will genuinely unnerve the reader, in a way so many ghost stories fail to do. - BOOKS FOR KEEPS

  • An intense supernatural story that haunts the reader. - THE FUNDAY TIMES

  • A genuinely spooky ghost story that leaves you breathless. - FIRST NEWS

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Cliff McNish

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His first book was THE DOOMSPELL, inspired by a story he told his daughter. Since then he has published THE SILVER SEQUENCE and the acclaimed stand-alone supernatural thrillers, BREATHE (winner of the Salford and Calderdale book awards), ANGEL, SAVANNAH GREY and THE HUNTING GROUND, as well as 2014's GOING HOME.

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