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Welcome to SHIVER POINT, home of spooks, screams and small-town horror! Enter if you dare...
Shiver Point is boring. Nothing interesting ever happens there and there's never anything fun to do. At least that's what Alex has always thought. Until one night, in the dead dark, he spots what looks like a meteorite plummeting into Howlmoor Forest.
Intrigued, Alex goes to investigate. But little does he know, four other kids have also spotted the strange streak in the sky: 'troublemaker' Oli, studious Sophia, curious Mo and budding engineer Riley. What they discover is far beyond their wildest dreams - in fact it belongs in their nightmares. Can the gang work together to save the town from the bloodthirsty bodysnatcher that's arrived with the meteorite before it's too late? One thing's for sure: Shiver Point will never be the same again.
Packed with chills and thrills, SHIVER POINT is a hair-raising new horror series for readers aged 9-12, perfect for fans of GOOSEBUMPS and DREAD WOOD.
See also: Shiver Point: A Tap at the Window
If you love a scare, then this is for you! Alien lovers will also devour this short book.
In Shiver Point: It Came from the Woods, Alex and his mum have recently moved (again) and he doesn't see any urgency in making friends as his mum's job will soon take them to another town. His mum works long, hard, unusual hours. This means that Alex has to take care of himself (with Alison, the old lady next door, keeping an eye on him).
The night the 'light' came cements his friendship with some other children at school. They have to find out what it is, where it has come from and what it wants. Strange things are happening - someone or something had taken a liking for cat food; someone or something is leaving black goo all over the place; someone or something is trying to get into Alex's home.... and some people are behaving in a very strange way!
There is a lot of tension in the book (what exactly is the creature in the woods? and who has been possessed by it?), which is what gives it a scary edge, rather than graphic images. It's a scary read - but not enough to give you nightmares.
If you love a mystery, a scare and a group of children leading the way, then It Came from the Woods is for you! It's also an absolute essential to have in every library to fill the gap for short, good reads.
224 pages /Reviewed by Donna Ritchie, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 9+