Ring of Roses by Mary Hooper
  

Ring of Roses

Mary Hooper

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   YA readers   
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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ An intensely powerful novel set in London during the height of the Plague in the 1600s. Mary Hooper cleverly weaves the reader into the sights, sounds and tastes of the time so that you feel you're there experiencing it all first hand.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Synopsis

Ring of Roses by Mary Hooper

Abby is delighted to be appointed to the position of nursemaid in the well-to-do Beauchurch household. But it's the summer of 1665, and soon whispers are spreading through London that the Plague is returning. Can Abby keep herself and her small charge Grace safe, or will the disaster engulf them?

A companion piece to Mary Hooper's bestselling 'At the Sign of the Sugared Plum'.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

About the Author

Mary Hooper

Says of herself: I was born in Barnes, South West London, which became expensive and trendy as soon as I left it. I often – nostalgically and rather lazily – use Barnes as a setting for my books. If I speak of a river then I’m thinking of the Thames, and if it’s a park or common then I picture Barnes Common. I was able to utilise all these local points and bring in Mortlake and Richmond, too, when I was writing two books about Queen Elizabeth I’s magician, Dr Dee, who lived in Mortlake.

I started working as a window dresser, but soon went into an office and – very valuable, this, for a writer – learned to type. One day I read a short story, thought that I could do better and sat down and wrote one. I sent it to Jackie, a teenage magazine, and much to my surprise sold it for £14. I was launched as a writer! I went on to write lots of short stories, and then serials, and eventually decided to write a book. At the time, there were hardly any books for teenagers, so I found getting published quite easy, but it’s very different now. I’ve written perhaps seventy or so books for children and young adults, most of them set in modern times, but as soon as I began writing historical novels I realised how much I loved doing this, and decided I didn’t want to write any more modern ones. No, not even any Megans!

I’m married to Richard and we live in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. I’ve still got a VW Beetle, but have upgraded it to a cabriolet version, which will be lovely when the weather improves and I can put the top down (if I can remember how to do it). My children are very grown up, my son is a writer and works for New Scientist and my daughter works for Microsoft - and has recently presented me with a gorgeous first grandson, Mackenzie. I look after him on Wednesdays so don’t ever bother me then! My hobbies are reading (of course), pottering around the house, painting furniture and being nosy (which goes with being a writer).

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Format

Paperback
96 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 14 years

Author

Mary Hooper
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Author's Website

www.maryhooper.co.uk/

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Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

13th August 2014

ISBN

9781781124017

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