Reader Reviewed Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran
  

Hidden Among Us

Written by Katy Moran

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March 2013 Book of the Month A sophisticated and complex novel told in different voices, this interweaves a contemporary family story with a haunting story of another world – the place where the elven folk live. As a newly formed family gather in an old family house in the isolated village of Hopesay Edge, strange things begin to happen. Teenage Lissy is trying to find some freedom while her mother struggles to keep her safe from the Hidden, elven folk with magical powers which threatens to draw her away. From the moment Lissy meets a strange boy as she steps off a train, she is fighting for her life. Katy Moran blends magic and reality with an effortless ease that makes the former alarmingly credible.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Daisy Pennock -'I really loved reading this book; it gripped me from the start and kept me turning pages with the constant question of 'Who or what exactly are The Hidden?'. I guess you'll just have to read it to find out!' Read full review >
  • Conor Kelly, age 15 - 'I liked all the characters and the way the book was written added to the excitement and mystery.' Read full review >
  • Emily Setchell, age 13 - 'It was well written and thoroughly thought out, with a lot of shocks through the book.' Read full review >
  • Carla Mc Guigan, age 12  - 'I am now officially a fan of Katy Moran’s work.' Read full review >
  • Ayesha Afghan - 'I think Katy Moran is a very talented writer who tells a story of love, action and adventure.' Read full review >
  • Christie Heaven - 'The twists and the enchanting locations that feature in the novel leave me grasping for more!' Read full review >
  • Izzy Read, age 12 - 'his book stole my heart from the beginning and kept it ‘till the very end, leaving me clutching onto every last word.' Read full review >
  • Jhaneel - 'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and will recommend it to all!!' Read full review >
  • Meaghan Lagan, age 13 - I loved it and would recommend it to all teenagers, both boys and girls.' Read full review >
  • Darcy Elliman, age 15 'a beautifully written novel that I couldn’t put down.'  Read full review >

Synopsis

Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran

Folktale and thriller are brilliantly interwoven in this fast-paced novel. The mysterious boy who Lissy encounters at a deserted train station acts like he has known her all her life. Unnerved by his unnatural beauty, she sets about uncovering the dark secret of the village of Hopesay Edge. The boy, Larkspur, is a member of the Hidden, an ancient group of elven people and Lissy quickly finds herself fighting to escape from a powerful elven magic. A bargain has been made that cannot be broken, and if the Hidden catch Lissy now, they will never let her go. This is a gripping and fast-paced thriller based on traditional folklore. Family ties and loyalty are tested in the compelling fifth novel from the critically acclaimed Katy Moran.

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About the Author

Katy Moran

Katy Moran was born in Cambridge and studied for a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University. She worked in publishing for many years before writing her first historical novel, Bloodline which was published to critical acclaim. She has since written two more historical novels: Bloodline Rising and Spirit Hunter. Her fourth novel, Dangerous to Know was set in the present day. She lives in Ludlow, Shropshire with her husband and two sons.

Q&A with Katy Moran

1. Essa is a powerful and incredibly brave character who stays with you long after you’ve finished reading the novel – how easy was it to write this character?

2. Is there something of your character (you say you’re a bit of a tomboy) in Essa? He’s so well drawn that we feel some of him must be based on someone you know well.

3. The main characters in Bloodline are male. Do you think its appeal as a consequence is of more interest to males than females?

4. You say the inspiration for the story came from an antique broach given to you by your parents. Tell us more.

5. Which authors do you think your readers will also enjoy?

6. The historical context of the novel must have meant a huge amount of research prior to writing the book. What did this involve and how long did it take?

7. You’ve been writing for almost as long as you can remember but when did you first feel that one day you’d write a novel?

8. Did your time working in publishing give you the impetus to find a publisher and/or change your ideas on what to write?

9. With both your publisher and author hat on, what advice can you give would-be children’s authors in getting published?

More About Katy Moran

As a child
I grew up in the countryside, where I used to do stupid but fun things like jumping off the bridge into the river. I also watched a lot of telly, read a lot of books and ate a lot of crisps. I got bored easily so I was always making up stories when I was meant to be thinking about something else. I felt a strong connection with the landscape around me, and all the things that had happened there in the past, as if I were part of it. There was a dark pool down a lane where I was convinced they used to duck witches. I had an overactive imagination. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve - it was dreadful but I loved doing it.

As an adult
I went to university in Manchester where I read a lot, fell into a trench on a dig, jumped about in the hills, and started writing what became Bloodline. When I left I stopped writing for years and worked in publishing, which was brilliant, although I always felt something was missing, and I could never quite let go of Essa as a character. It wasn't till a friend read Bloodline and gave me the confidence to finish it that I really started writing again. I'm glad I did.

As an artist
I don't know why, but my main characters always seem to be boys. Maybe it's my masculine side coming out. I like to write early in the morning, and once I've got going, it can be hard to stop. I had a full-time job while I was finishing Bloodline and became quite hermit-like. I missed a lot of parties and didn't see some of my friends for months but I didn't care: I was having a massive adventure. I had a lot of catching up to do afterwards, though.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Katy Moran

1. I love fancy dress - especially being a pirate. They had such great clothes.
2. I hate maths because I'm so bad at it.
3. I am scared of spiders - still.
4. I went to school in Texas when I was five years old, and I still want to be a cowboy.
5. I want to sail around the world one day.
6. I wish I could travel back in time but wonder what I would do about my contact lenses.
7. I really should learn to ride a horse.
8. My husband is a drummer in a band, so I know how to take apart a drum-kit.
9. I love going to the countryside with my friends and sleeping outside in the middle of nowhere.
10. I am scared of heights - I wish I could jump off rocks into the sea but I just can't.

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Paperback
304 pages
Interest Age: From 12

Author

Katy Moran
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th March 2013

ISBN

9781406324211

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