Lost Boy by Linda Newbery

Lost Boy

Written by Linda Newbery

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A cleverly wrought mystery that entwines the past and the present together in a moving and completely compelling way. The hook for the story – a roadside memorial cross – provides a contemporary and realistic feel to the story alongside some well drawn characters. Sometimes frightening but always completely gripping you’ll soon realise what a good writer Linda Newbery is.

Other titles by Linda Newbery include Nevermore, Catcall, and Set in Stone.


Lost Boy by Linda Newbery

Eleven-year-old Matt Lanchester unwittingly brings the past to life and unravels a mystery when he befriends old Wil and his loyal dog, Jacko.


'Compelling.' - TES

About the Author

Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery always wanted to be a writer, filling exercise books with stories which she hid in her wardrobe, but only began submitting her work once she became a secondary school teacher. She had her first novel published in 1988 and is now a full-time writer. Linda writes for various age groups and has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, for The Shell House and Sisterland and in 2006 won the Costa Children’s Book Award for Set in Stone.
Linda lives in a Northamptonshire village with her husband and three cats. She is an active member of the SAS and on the committee of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group of the Society of Authors.

Linda on Linda
When I was a child, dreaming that one day I might be an author, I used to gaze longingly at the N shelves in bookshops and libraries, and imagine my own books parked next to E. Nesbit’s. She’s still there, with her classic stories The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and others. Philip Pullman, nearby, takes up an awful lot of space, but sometimes there’s room for me between them.

As a child I used to do a lot of secret writing in my bedroom. I rarely showed anyone, and certainly not my teachers. At that time I was rather unwisely trying to write complete novels. Later, when exams got in the way, I began writing poetry - because poems could be short!

When I was a teenager, there was no such thing as teenage fiction – you went straight from children’s books to adult books. It wasn’t until much later, when I was training to be an English teacher, that I came across teenage fiction, and excellent writers such as K. M. Peyton, Aidan Chambers and Jill Paton Walsh. Before long I wanted to have a go.

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3rd August 2006




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