Voices by Sue Mayfield


Voices by Sue Mayfield

Recently dumped by Jamie, her arrrogant boyfriend, Isabel Bright hopes to take her mind off things on a family holiday on the West Coast of Scotland. But the bleak scenery only makes her feel miserable and bored, and one day, messing about on an empty beach she and her sister, Al, spot an empty bottle. Isabel puts her name and address on a note in the bottle, and stuffs it in the bottle, hurling it far out to sea - not imagining that anyone will find it. Back home, Isabel throws herself into rehearsals for the school play: Shakespeare's The Tempest. As the lead, Miranda, Isabel is horrified to discover that Jamie has been cast as the male lead and he wants to get back with her. Against her better judgement, Isabel relents ...but then she receives a letter from a stranger. Enter Duncan, a 17 year old guy from a Scottish Island, who has found Isabel's message in a bottle. Duncan is funny, friendly and intelligent - and interested in Shakespeare! Isabel and Duncan start writing, then emailing. Bit by bit their lives start to intertwine. Isabel tells herself he's only a friend - probably spotty and geeky! And he lives hundreds of miles away! Then on the last night of the play, Jamie dumps Isabel again, and Duncan is the first person she wants to call to pour her heart out. But Duncan doesn't answer, his mum does - in a terrible state. Duncan and his dad went fishing and got caught in a violent storm at sea - they haven't come back. Isabel is devastated and keeps an all-night vigil by the phone. When news comes that Duncan is still alive, she throws caution to the wind and jumps on a train to Scotland. But when the two finally meet is it love at first sight?


This is another one of Sue Mayfield's fantastic books. If you enjoyed Blue, then this is even better! Amazon Website Customer Review [Blue} ... a compelling read. The Children's Bookseller

About the Author

Sue Mayfield

Sue Mayfield is the author of eight novels for young adults, three of which (Blue, Voices and Damage) have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Blue won the 2002 North East Book Award and the 2005 Heartland Award for Young Adult Fic on in the USA, where it was published as Drowning Anna. Un an après (the French version of Damage) won the 2011 Prix Polar de Jeunesse.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 11 To 99


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Publication date

17th July 2003



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