Firewallers by Simon Packham
  

Firewallers

Written by Simon Packham

13+ readers   
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No Facebook, no phone, no music, no makeup, no shampoo! Jess’s life is turned upside down when her mum drags the family off to a remote island in Scotland when things go badly wrong for dad at work. Jess, her older sister Millie and Mum are soon living a back-to-nature life with a bunch of odd balls and no contact with the outside world. How on earth will they survive? And why are they there? While Millie seems to be falling apart and mum is locked in her own misery, Jess begins to make friends with the other teenagers and to discover that they are not all as cut off as it seems! Together with her new friends, Jess sets about getting her life back on track. Jess’s sharp observations make this hugely entertaining as well as raising interesting questions about current teenage life!

Synopsis

Firewallers by Simon Packham

Jess returns from a nightmare day at school to find her dad’s been suspended from
work and gone into hiding. To escape the slobbering newshounds all eager for the full story, Mum drags Jess and her sister off to a remote Scottish island. Modern technology’s forbidden, and there’s only a bunch of teenage uber geeks for company.

Without Facebook or even her mobile, Jess feels totally disconnected from everybody back home. And why are they there anyway? What are they really running away from?

Reviews

‘Simon Packham gives us yet another excellent contemporary teen novel, complete with one of the best narrators for ages.’ The Bookbag

Praise for Silenced:

“Brilliant … fantastically well-observed, true-to-life and really, really funny.” - Chicklish

“Moving, poignant and perceptive … Packham gets right inside the mind of a boy who is almost literally crippled by guilt and regret.” - The Independent

Praise for The Bex Factor:

“Fun and thought provoking.” – National Literacy Association

About the Author

Simon Packham

A Q&A with Simon..

What inspires your writing? A need to try and make some sense of the world. My children.

What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far? Seeing my first review in The Observer (totally unexpected – and good by the way), and having my work translated into other languages.

How did you first become an author? I’d taken a break from acting to be a ‘househusband’ and look after our two small children. I’d always written since I was about 9 years old (plays to begin with), but it really helped me stay sane amidst all the nappy changing. My first adult novel The Opposite Bastard (about an out of work actor who is forced to become carer for a teenage quadriplegic at Oxford University) was published by Macmillan New Writing. I started writing for a younger audience in an effort to entertain my son (then about 12 now 18). I hoped I could interest him in something that didn’t involve teenage spies or wizards.

What are you reading right now? Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon and before that Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner.

What was your earliest career aspiration? I always wanted to be an actor, and that’s what I did for the first twenty years of my working life. Specialising in small, but mainly insignificant characters in West-End shows, I still had a great time and got to work with
some amazing people. (Dame Judi Dench, Omar Sharif, Frank Finlay, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Ann Aston off the Golden Shot etc...)

What advice would you give to budding writers? Don’t let your inner critic put you off before you’ve even started. There’s no such thing as a bad idea – it’s all in the way you tackle it.

What was your favourite childhood book? I loved William books by Richmal Crompton and Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking.

Where is your favourite place to write? I used to write in the bedroom, but then we had a loft conversion so now I’ve got my own room. I still can’t decide if I’m more productive when I face the window.

How do you read- print, digitally or both? I’ve got a Kindle, which I find brilliant for editing my own work and reading non-fiction, but I still prefer reading novels in the old fashioned way.

Who do you most admire? Peter Tatchell – teachers in state schools.

Are there any books you wish you had written? American Pyscho (Bret Easton Ellis) and Vile Bodies (Evelyn Waugh)

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
224 pages
Interest Age: From 13

Author

Simon Packham
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Author's Website

www.simonpackham.com/

Publisher

Piccadilly Press Ltd

Publication date

30th May 2013

ISBN

9781848123076

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