Wreckers by Julie Hearn


Written by Julie Hearn

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Brilliantly told in contrasting teenage voices, this is a powerful story set in a dystopian future in which much of what we know about is destroyed in ‘the attack’. Trespassing in a ruined house, a group of teenagers come across a secret hidden in the house centuries before. And very dark and dangerous secret it is too. Can they manage to control their discovery and just what will happen if they don’t? Gripping from its dramatic and chilling opening, this is a story of friendships, secrets, deep fears and great hopes set in a dark world.


Wreckers by Julie Hearn

The lid gave, eventually, with surprisingly little noise. Nothing splintered. Nothing broke. No hinges flew, or even creaked, and for a second or two nothing happened at all. Then came the first scream. It blew out a candle, that scream ...'Shut the lid! For the love of God ...SHUT THE LID!' And so the box was slammed shut, hidden away, and forgotten about. But what lay within was only dormant ...waiting for the time when it would be released, and let loose upon the world. And that time was about to come ...That time is now. This fantastic new novel from acclaimed, Carnegie Medal shortlisted writer, Julie Hearn, is truly unique and tells of friendship, secrets, love, hate and hope.


'..this novel is bound to keep readers hooked, provoke debate and enhance Hearn's reputation as a talented storyteller.' Linda Buckley-Archer in The Guardian

Praise for Rowan the Strange:

'It is nothing short of extraordinary' - Philip Ardagh, Guardian

'Hearn is skilled at conveying the place and the time, but it is in the detail of human interactions that her novel is particularly remarkable' - Sunday Times

'A shocking yet gripping tale that will fill you with hope, sadness and distress. It will stay in my heart forever' - Guardian

About the Author

Julie Hearn

Julie Hearn was our Guest Editor in August 2011. Click here to see the books she selected.

Julie Hearn used to be a tabloid journalist but much prefers writing novels because she is less likely to be sued nowadays for making things up. After her daughter, Tilly, was born she began a degree in Education but switched to English after suffering a panic attack while attempting to teach maths to year six. She went on to complete a Masters Degree in Women's Studies at Oxford University, where an idea for her thesis became the inspiration for her first novel, Follow Me Down. Julie lives in Oxfordshire where she writes full time (most mornings anyway) in a pink and green office in her garden.

Julie Hearn Q&A:

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Ever since I can remember. When I was five I wrote stories about elves and rabbits on scraps of paper and sewed them up the middle to make little books. I wrote diaries too - pages and pages every day - and if nothing exciting had happened I made stuff up. My teenage diaries are shocking, but a pack of lies from start to finish.

I still wanted to write when I left school so I became a journalist. And that was great fun, for a long time, although when it came to making things up, there was only so far I could go!

Why did you decide to write children's books rather than books for adults?

I suppose I'd had enough of writing for adults - first as a journalist, then as a student of English and women's studies. I wanted to give my imagination free rein in a way that didn't have to be clever, or cynical, or have a great wodge of footnotes at the bottom of every page to explain things!

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352 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

3rd March 2011




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