Cristy Burne

Author, editor, science writer

Takeshita Demons

School kids on a mission to save their class from a bunch of mythical creatures…

Takeshita Demons coverTakeshita Demons

– Part of the 2010 Booktrust Booked Up program.
– Winner of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award.
– Featured on the BBC’s Blue Peter.

“A gripping, superbly written debut novel” – Writeaway

“Two young girls being brave and clever without a hint of pink or glitter on the cover? Hooray!” – The Age

“This rollicking ride is totally deserving of the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award” – The West Australian

A thrilling contemporary adventure wittily shot through with the powerful fantasy stories of the old demons from the Japanese past.” – Julia Eccleshare of LoveReading4Kids

Teaching notes for reading Takeshita Demons in the classroom.

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31 thoughts on “Takeshita Demons

  1. Hi! I read this book when I was… 12 I think? And I absolutely loved it! I still do. This was the book that got me into reading, Japan and all of it’s folklore. I’m 14 now and still read the book when I can. I just can’t get enough of it! Your a very talented writer, I love the Takeshita demon series. I have you to thank for introducing me to my love of Japan and any other books I love. So, I guess all I want to say is thanks. Thanks for getting me into all this, I really and truly love your books. Can’t wait to get the fourth one!


  2. i like the cover its cool


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  4. it is a really good book


  5. hi Cristy
    Im from willetton Primary school Mrs Hardings class
    i love your books so much, my teachers reading the first novel to us


    • Hello Parveen!
      Thanks so much for your great comment…it’s great to get such lovely feedback! I’m glad you love the books and I hope you read the second one too…The library will have it sooooooon! YAY! 🙂 🙂 (And please say thanks to your teacher for reading Takeshita Demons to you!)


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  12. I think Polly pocket website is better than Bookmarks LOLOLOLOLZ 🙂 🙂


  13. Hey Ryley,
    How did the assembly go?? I’m dying to find out!


  14. hi cristy me and tamika are in the same class are assembly is about a good demon and a bad demon it is going to be soooooooooo fun lol =)


  15. you book the teacher read to us in wanneroo primary school was asome i carnt wait till the next book filth liker it sound asome and were basing room 16 asemly on a demon story cause that we been learning a bout your do asome cristy burne i love you book takeashita lol


  16. Hi Georgia…it depends where you live and where you buy it. If you ask for it at your local bookstore they should be able to help you and/or order it in. You can also try on-line booksellers.
    Hope that helps!


  17. Hi there how much is the book


  18. Hi Ryley,
    Takeshita Demons is out already in Australia and the UK; The Filth Licker comes out this time next year…I’m so excited! I really loved writing The Filth Licker and now I’m working on the third book: Monster Matsuri! (Matsuri = Festival in Japanese).
    I’m so glad you enjoyed my presentation at the library: One of the reasons I love being a writer is that I get to lots of new people who love reading or who want to get more into reading. 🙂 YAY!


  19. hi i saw u at the wanneroo library the other day and u were so funny when dose takeshita demon and filth licker come out


  20. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for letting me know: that’s a huge warm fuzzy for me 🙂 The presentations were great fun and big thanks to Wanneroo Library for organising the day. I hope your daughter loves Takeshita Demons!


  21. My daughter met you at wanneroo library yesterday, St Anthonys year 6, and was inspired enough to want to buy the book with her own money. Congratulations she is very excited to read it.


  22. Thanks Ryley…let me know when you read it. I think you’ll like The Filth Licker too 🙂 YAY!!!!!!!!!!


  23. I cant wait to read you book it looks sooooooooooooooooo good


  24. Thanks Ari 🙂 I’m glad you love the cover and hope you love Takeshita Demons too 🙂


  25. This book sounds awesome! I will only have to wait a few more months before it comes out in the U.S. I’m fascinated by Japan so it should be an interesting read. Love the cover 🙂


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