Blood Ties by Sophie Mckenzie

Blood Ties

Written by Sophie Mckenzie

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Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2009. Terrifically paced, this thriller links two teenagers who must work fast to unravel the past and discover the dangerous secret that unites them. Theo and Rachel have a lot at stake as they foil the plot of a group of extremists and get to the heart of their own identities. Sophie McKenzie holds the reader by the power of her storytelling.

The Lovereading comment:

Fast-action plots are the hallmark of this author’s thrillers and her debut Girl, Missing was the Richard and Judy Children’s winner in 2007. Blood Ties won’t disappoint either and will give you an adrenalin rush on every page. It’s compulsive and thought-provoking in equal measure and it raises issues about cloning and identity.


Blood Ties by Sophie Mckenzie

When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to the lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister. But when Rachel and Theo are attacked by men from RAGE - the Righteous Army against Genetic Engineering - at Rachel's school disco, they are rescued by strangers and taken to meet a mysterious figure. There, they both make some startling discoveries about their identities, which will affect their past, present, d future in dramatic and life-altering ways...


'Sophie's thrillers are brilliant, you never know what's on the next page and you can't stop reading until you find out.' Robert Muchamore

About the Author

Sophie Mckenzie

Sophie McKenzie was born and brought up in London, where she still lives with her teenage son.

She worked as a journalist and magazine editor until she was made redundant, at which point she seized the opportunity to pursue her ambition to become a writer and enrolled in a creative writing course.

Her debut was the multi-award winning Girl, Missing (2006), and she is also the author of Blood Ties and sequel, Blood Ransom, The Medusa Project series, Luke and Eve trilogy and most recent novels, the thrilling Split Second and Every Second Counts. She has clocked up numerous national and regional book awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award, has been a featured World Book Day author twice and has twice been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Her first book for adults, Close My Eyes, sold almost 100,000 copies, received rave reviews and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice.

You can see Sophie giving her writing tips in a video - click here.

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448 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

7th July 2008




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