Reader Reviewed Lorali by Laura Dockrill


Written by Laura Dockrill
Part of the Lorali Series

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A magical adventure of mermaids, pirates, myth and romance. Rory is on Hastings beach the night before his sixteenth birthday when he stumbles across a naked girl. This is Lorali, mermaid princess who has decide to forsake her underwater life to become human, a Walker as the Mer people say. Her mother will do anything to get her daughter back and sends storms and sea monsters to cause havoc, while also on Lorali’s trail are the crew of the Liberty – as dapper a group of cut-throats as you’ll find – and some even scarier types. There is much to enjoy – the romance between Lorali and Rory and a wonderful supporting cast, including those smart-suited pirates, rogue mermaid Opal - a kind of marine Kim Kardashian - even the Sea has a voice. Both worlds – salt’n’vinegar Hastings and the court under the sea - are made vivid and this is fresh, colourful, irresistible reading. ~ Andrea Reece

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Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Monisah Ali - 'Where do I start? This book blew me away completely. Pirates, Mermaids, Walkers.. A must read for summer. Dockrill's writing is out of this world. Lorali was a pleasure to read.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This was a wonderful story of love and destiny! Please read it!'
  • Laura Mae - 'A great story, well written with some fast paced action in the second half, even if some of the characters could have had more of their stories written about.'
  • Emma Hughes - 'This book is gripping, and its plot holds your attention through its many twists and turns.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'My favorite characters were Rory and Lorali. I loved how kind he was to her and I loved how the world looked through   her eyes. All the things we take for granted were amazing to her! This was my first book about Mermaids and I really enjoyed it!'


Lorali by Laura Dockrill

Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from. Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human. But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?


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About the Author

Laura Dockrill

Laura Dockrill is a performance poet and novelist. She was named one of the top ten literary talents by The Times and one of the top twenty hot faces to watch by ELLE magazine. Laura is a young, talented writer/illustrator who is a graduate of the BRIT School of Performing Arts. She has performed her work at the Edinburgh Fringe, Camp Bestival, Latitude, Bookslam and the Soho Theatre and on each of the BBC's respective radio channels, 1-6. She has been a roaming reporter for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, judged the BBC National Short Story Award, and has appeared on Blue Peter, Channel 4 News and Newsnight. Laura also teaches Guardian Masterclasses in writing for children and is on the advisory board at the Ministry of Stories.Her books include MISTAKES IN THE BACKGROUND, UGLY SHY GIRL and ECHOES. Her first series for younger children, DARCY BURDOCK was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. LORALI is her first novel for teenagers.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 16


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2nd July 2015




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