Written by Sarah Mussi
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Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 14-16 age category Leah escapes the siege in her school, but she can't avoid wrestling with impossible choices in this topical, terrifying new novel that's essential reading for teens everywhere.
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Siege by Sarah Mussi
Leah Jackson - in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, just. But the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with another student, Anton, and manages to use her mobile to call out to the world. First: survive the gang - the so-called 'Eternal Knights'. Second: rescue other kids taken hostage, and one urgently needing medical help. Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, television cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, sociologists rationalise, doctors advise - and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; the SAS want her to reconnoitre the hostage area ...But she is guarding a terrifying conviction. Her brother, Connor, is at the centre of this horror. Is he with the Eternal Knights or just a pawn? She remembers. All those times Connor reached out for help ...If she'd listened, voiced her fears about him earlier, would things be different now? Should she give up her brother? With only Anton for company, surviving by wits alone, Leah wrestles with the terrible choices ...
Leeds Book Awards 2014
The Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley
Ways to See a Ghost by Emily Diamand
The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross
The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
The Quietness by Alison Rattle
Violent, shocking and thought-provoking, this powerful novel for older teenagers is set in the near future and addresses issues of love and personal responsibility, disadvantage and state control. -- Booktrust
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5th September 2013
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