The Outlaw by Stephen Davies
  

The Outlaw

Written by Stephen Davies

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Action packed, fast paced and peppered with up to date technology, this is a gripping thriller which raises interesting undercurrents of social conscience. Jake’s love of adventure mean that rules have never held him down. Expelled from school for breaking into a prison, Jake joins his parents in Africa and is almost immediately kidnapped. When Jake discovers he is being held by the most notorious outlaw of the desert, he knows that he’ll need every once of bravery and intelligence to escape. Or will he? Trickery abounds and Jake learns that not everything he had been told about his captor is true. A strong desert setting and a corkscrew of a plot make this a terrific page-turner.

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The Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Fifteen-year-old Jake Knight is an explorer and adventurer at heart but this often gets him into trouble. When a stuffy English boarding school suspends him for rule-breaking, Jake flies out to Burkina Faso where his parents are living. He is expecting a long, adventure-filled vacation under a smiling African sun. But what awaits him there is kidnapping, terrorism and Yakuuba Sor - the most wanted outlaw in the Sahara desert.


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A strong desert setting and a corkscrew of a plot make this a terrific page-turner. Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids Pure good-hearted fun for fans of Anthony Horowitz. The Times A faintly old-fashioned tale of kidnap, complete with Robin Hood figure, double-dealing policemen and British spies running amok. Highly entertaining. Independent on Sunday The outlaw at the heart of the plot brings a heartening complexity and morality to this seldom-seen setting. Nonstop action in the African desert. Kirkus The outlaw at the heart of the plot, Yakuuba Sor, brings a heartening complexity and morality to this seldom-seen setting. Nonstop action in the African desert. Kirkus Reviews USA

About the Author

Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies is a missionary who lives amongst Fulani herders in West Africa, one of the poorest regions of the world. He speaks Fulfulde, eats millet, accompanies cattle-drives and preaches the gospel in culturally relevant ways and lives a life just like those others who live there. He writes for the Guardian Weekly (letters from Burkina Faso) and occasionally for the Sunday Times.

VOICE IN THE DESERT - A Day in the Life of Stephen Davies:

I live in Djibo, a small town on the edge of the Sahara desert. Most of the year it is simply too hot to sleep inside the house, so my wife Charlie hangs a mosquito net from a tree in our back yard. We wake up to the usual early-morning soundtrack of donkeys, cockerels and cows. Lie-ins are rare because we have animals of our own to feed: three French hens, two black and white kittens and a hungry stallion called Silalé. Greeting is important in African societies, so I first go round saying hello to our neighbours: Jam waali (Did you pass the night in peace?), Noy koreeji maa (How is your family?), we sing the long greeting sequence back and forth. The answer to these questions is invariably Jam tan (Peace only). When they answer ‘Jam tan’, my neighbours are putting a brave face on things: in reality this region is one of the poorest in the world.
My work here as a missionary includes humanitarian relief: grain handouts, yes, but also working with individuals to find creative ways out of poverty. A donkey and cart for Bukari, a sheep for Mariama, school fees for Adama – the slow, intangible work of development.

A missionary is also a storyteller, and I love sharing stories with people – ancient stories which still have incredible power to inspire and transform the human heart.
In the afternoon, I write. I bash away on my laptop with sweat dripping off my elbows. I’m so grateful to my friends and neighbours here for sharing their lives with me – it’s their truth which inspires my fiction.

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Format

Paperback
272 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

Stephen Davies
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Author's Website

www.voiceinthedesert.org.uk...

Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th May 2011

ISBN

9781849390880

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Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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www.andersenpress.co.uk


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