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Saving Daisy

Saving Daisy

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Breeze Reads

Who wrote it?

Phil Earle was born and raised in Hull, Yorkshire, but now lives in South London, with his wife and three children. He has worked as a care worker, drama therapist, and bookseller, but now works for a children’s publisher. He has a degree in English Literature and Drama. His first book, Being Billy, was published in January 2011.

What's it about?

Daisy's mum is gone. Her dad refuses to talk about it. As far as Daisy's concerned, it's all her fault. As her life starts to spiral out of control, panic leads to tragedy and Daisy's left alone. But sometimes the kindness of a stranger can turn things around. A stranger who desperately wants to save Daisy - if she'll only let herself be saved...

Fact File

Phil writes whenever he can; on the bus, during his lunch hour, even while watching telly! Phil spent lots of time as a teenager acting in plays and singing in bands. For more information about Phil, visit his website: www.philearle.com

The Night Sky in my Head

The Night Sky in my Head

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Who wrote it?

Sarah Hammond was born and grew up in Lincolnshire. For almost a decade, Sarah worked as a solicitor in the City. However, following a lifelong dream to write children's fiction, Sarah recently completed a master’s degree in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. The Night Sky in my Head is her debut teen novel.

What's it about?

'The Backwards is my special thing... sometimes there are things there that I don't want to see. My head is going woozy. It's about to start...' Mikey is not allowed to talk about the Backwards but that doesn't make it go away. It is everywhere he goes. Places tell him their stories, their secrets. But at the bottom of the garden, in the shed, is a truth that Mikey will have to use all his courage to face. The Night Sky in My Head is a novel full of light and dark, magic and truth. It will stay with you long after you have read the last page.

Fact File

Sarah hates to run but loves to walk. One of her favourite hikes was the Inca Trail in Peru. Sarah once fired a Kalashnikov in Vietnam and nearly scared herself to death. Her first pet was a tortoise called Nosey. You can find out more information about Sarah on her website: www.sarahhammond.com, or why not follow her on Facebook and Twitter?

The Repossession

The Repossession

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Who wrote it?

Sam Hawksmoor started writing after careers that involved travel, photography and teaching. He also did some gold prospecting in British Columbia, working on radio in Africa, not to mention being a tour guide in America and Europe; he likes to collect people and stories. His heart belongs to Vancouver, a city that is changing so fast the past is disappearing almost before it happens.

What's it about?

34 kids missing. Vanished without a trace. Believing she is possessed, Genie Magee's mother has imprisoned her all summer, encouraged by the sinister Reverend Schneider. Beautiful Rian, love of her life, sets her free, and their escape washes them up at Marshall's remote farmhouse downriver. But why are there newspaper clippings of the missing kids pinned to Marshall's bathroom wall? And should they believe his stories about the experiments at the Fortress, an underground research station nearby?

Fact File

Sam wanted to be a writer/actor/illustrator as a child but discovered he couldn’t draw or remember lines. Sam is scared of spiders but isn’t scared of flying - just the crashing! He has also written The Hunting, which is the second part of The Repossession. For more information about Sam Hawksmoor visit his website: www.samhawksmoor.com.

Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving

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Who wrote it?

Edward Hogan was born in Derby in 1980 and now lives in Brighton. His jobs have included being a grass trimmer, pot washer, conservatory salesman, bloke holding the board in Leicester Square and a teacher! His first novel, Blackmoor, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize and won the Desmond Elliot Prize. Daylight Saving is his first novel for teenagers.

What's it about?

Daylight Saving is a ghost story, but it is also a family story about two independent young people, Daniel and Lexi. Edward had been thinking a lot about trauma when he wrote the book. When something bad happens to you, it can feel like time has sort of stopped, that you are trapped in the past. That’s what happened to Lexi. She is stuck in the loop of her terrible experience, while Daniel feels responsible for the breakdown of his family. It is only through their relationship that they can understand the things that have happened to them, and know that it is possible to have love without rage, and desire without destruction, that a traumatic incident does not have to own your soul, that while grief can’t be ignored, it is possible, with a little gentleness, and a little help, to reclaim yourself.

Fact File

Edward's advice for new writers is “Do it because you love it, read lots, delete solitaire from your computer and avoid white cider”! For more information about Edward visit http://authors.simonandschuster.co.uk/Edward-Hogan/62700902.

Torn

Torn

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Who wrote it?

David Massey's varied career has taken him from teaching and music journalism to presenting, producing and writing for radio. His claim to fame is that he was the first voice to hit the airwaves on a new African radio station broadcasting from Zambia in 1995. As the Romanian revolution was ending, David led a team taking supplies to Bucharest and Timisoara. On the way home he stopped near Checkpoint Charlie to help chip holes in the Berlin Wall. Rather fittingly, David and his wife Debi now run Globehuggers Emergency Supplies - a business specializing in bespoke grab bags and emergency equipment.

What's it about?

Afghanistan. In the heat and dust, young British army medic Elinor Nielson watches an Afghan girl walk into a hail of bullets. But when she runs to help, Ellie finds her gone. Who is she? And what's happened to her? What Ellie discovers makes her question everything she believes in - even her feelings for the American lieutenant who takes her side.

Fact File

In his spare time, David is an accomplished classical guitarist and has spent the last few years tapping away on his keyboard writing books for teenagers. His debut young adult novel Torn was published in August 2012 on the Chicken House label. Torn has already been nominated for the Coventry Inspiration Award and will be published in the USA in August 2013. David has signed the contract for his second novel, which looks to be just as exciting. For more information about David visit http://doublecluck.com/author/David+Massey , or follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/DavidRMassey

Slated

Slated

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Who wrote it?

Teri has lived in France, Canada, Australia and now England. Moving constantly as a child, teenager and also as an adult has kept her on the outside looking in much of her life. It has given her an obsession with characters that don't belong or find themselves in unfamiliar places. She has been a scientist, a lawyer, an optometrist; she has managed businesses, worked in secondary schools and libraries.

What's it about?

Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She's been slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules, but echoes of the past whisper in her mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth.

Fact File

Teri spends a lot of time talking to herself and holding endless imagined conversations in her mind - a good practice for being a writer. For more information about Teri visit her website: http://teriterry.jimdo.com.