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A hugely rewarding read, Starseeker is infused with talk of great music and music-playing, extreme bullying and misguided lawbreaking. The intensity and quality of Tim Bowler's characters are superb throughout, and none is better than Luke Stanton, the gifted pianist at the centre of the story.

After two years of grieving for his dead father, also a virtuoso pianist, Luke is still troubled and unable to connect properly with the normality of his new circumstances. He has regrettably become involved in the illegal antics of three local village boys, and their latest plan, to have Luke burgle the house of a rich widow, is doomed to failure. That Luke actually goes through with the plan is madness--but his actions open up a far bigger issue in the shape of a young girl who shouldn't be in the house at all. Skin, the gang leader, knows nothing of Luke's discovery and demands results. His actions are violent and potentially lethal. Luke's own redemption has never seemed so far away.

Luke is expertly drawn--always at war with his mother, his mother's new lover, his friends and his teachers at school and yet, in contrast, is also able to experience great joy from his music and great comfort from the tall, solid, unchanging oak tree in the local woods. It is here that Luke feels most at ease--in the shadow of a tree that he shared with his father when he was alive and now likes to think of as his own.

The book has a magical quality to it, as seen through Luke's inner eye when he experiences his music and feels each note, every background noise, in a tangible way. Starseeker is an intense, emotionally draining reading experience and it should leave a huge impression on the reader. (Age 12 and over.) --John McLay

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2002 : UK Hardback
Title: Starseeker
Author(s): Tim Bowler
ISBN: 0192719246 / 9780192719249 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Starseeker
Author(s): Tim Bowler
ISBN: 0192755919 / 9780192755919 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Rollercoasters: Starseeker Reader
Author(s): Tim Bowler
ISBN: 0198328907 / 9780198328902 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: Rollercoasters: Starseeker Class Pack
Author(s): Tim Bowler
ISBN: 0198328842 / 9780198328841 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: Starseeker
Author(s): Tim Bowler
ISBN: 1840027932 / 9781840027938 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oberon Books
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May 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: Starseeker
Author(s): Tim Bowler
ISBN: 0192753053 / 9780192753052 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Audio Editions

June 2009 : USA Audible edition
Title: Starseeker
Author(s): Tim Bowler

Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Starseeker
Author(s): Tim Bowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press
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