Janni Lee Simner’s first novel for young adults is a dark fairy-tale twist on apocalyptic fiction—as familiar as a nightmare, yet altogether unique.
From the Hardcover edition.
Willie is a top athlete, the star of the legendary game against Crazy Horse Electric. Then a freak accident robs him of his once-amazing physical talents.
Betrayed by his family, his girlfriend, and his own body, Willie's on the run, penniless and terrified on the streets, where he must fight to rebuild both his body and his life.
Who in his right mind wants to talk to a shrink? I don't want to talk about anything. I don't want to feel anything, taste anything ... or anything. The lyrics "just dying to die" run around in my brain day and night...
Fifteen-year-old Sam is in pain. He comes to the therapist's office unwillingly, angry, depressed, and filled with guilt over his own self-destructive behavior. He is being drawn deeper and deeper into a black hole of despair from which he sees no way out.
The Road Back
This is the Real-life story of Sam's Recovery, told from tapes of his therapy sessions. It tells what drove him to leave home, how he survived on the street, and why he was desperate to escape from the brutality of the gang that had become his "family" and from the torment of his own self-loathing. For every teen who has experienced the pain and loneliness of a no-way-out darkness, and for all those who love them, here is the light that can lead the way back.
The Northern Line War has been over for many years, yet the mice of Tubeworld still refuse to travel and heal old wounds.
All except one.
Mitzie lives at Manor House, an ordinary station on the Piccadilly Line, but Mitzie is no ordinary mouse - she has a very special gift, she can read the writing of the Tunnellers.
Restless to explore, she begins a journey which proves to be far longer and more dangerous than she ever imagined. And she is all alone.
But not for long!
More and more mice join her and together they seek The Book of Ways, the fabled map of all Tubeworld.
Follow them on their quest as they search for the treasure that will change their lives forever and bring them all a better future.
Suitable for ages 8 and above.