“That first night wasn’t easy. I thought we’d all be relieved to have mum back, and we were, but it wasn’t the mum we remembered. She’d changed so much, not just to look at, but in the way she spoke, the way she moved, and inside her, what made her our mum.”Rachel’s cancer-stricken mother calls her Miracle Girl because so much rests on her young shoulders. But how do you keep calm at the centre of an emotional storm or in control of a world that’s fast falling apart? This is Rachel’s answer, with strength, compassion, humour and love.
The young have stolen and now rule the world. They live in cities organised into the School System led by Monitors and Prefects under an enigmatic Head Boy and legendary, if absent, Head Girl. There are no more families, only Houses such as Retro, Bandit, Messianic and the great Parenting House where babies are grown and children reared. The dirty work of the world is done by geeks, genetically engineered kids. The cities are dedicated solely to enjoyment and indulgence whilst around them lie the ruins of the ancient world. Beyond these are The Wilds where the bulk of humanity survive in prehistoric clans, maddened by an infection that has crept into the human genome at Parenting House. Finally, there are the compounds where the aged who have regained their sanity live out their lives in squalour and anger.
Four young people are sent on a brief fact-finding assignment to a compound. When it ends in murder, Monitors, Prefects, Heads of Houses and even Head Boy himself are prompted to action. Two of the four, Sharlot and Nathan, are guilty, ruthless and brutal, the other two, Joshwa and Mree, innocent, compassionate and vulnerable. They become hunter and hunted in a conflict which undermines their society. For Sharlot and Nathan, the murders are the start of a brilliantly organised plan, for Joshwa and Mree, they reveal the corruption at the heart of their world where greed and selfishness have destroyed all that is best in human nature.
When Dippy, Matty and Pippa discover a body by their derelict hilltop home in Cornwall a remarkable adventure begins. Their strange father Daddo is arrested for murder and the children flee the country in search of their lost mother Celeste. Remembering little of her past, Celeste lives a mysterious life with little Zara who helps her make contact with the dead to comfort the living. Seeking this comfort is an elderly woman and her granddaughter whose lives link three generations of a broken family and who hold the key to revealing a long forgotten secret and restoring a fortune. The Secret is a beautiful, intriguing and challenging story in the classic tradition for children aged 10 and over.
Young Oliver Togg is selected to represent Earth in the 5000th Galactic Olympic Games. As Earth is being invited for the first time, a good impression is essential. Only if Oliver does well will Earth be invited to join the Galactic Community, but Oliver is shy and not very sporty. How will he perform?Star Games is a funny, thoughtful and exciting story for children aged 9 and over.
"All the sporting events were great, like using a laser instead of a pole, and so were the descriptions of the planets" Maxim, aged 10
“4 stars out of 5”, Waterstone's Young Readers