Something in the Air by Jan Mark


Something in the Air by Jan Mark

Peggy is a fifteen-year-old rather at odds with the world around her. Her older sister berates her constantly for being messy. Her teachers reprimand her for being unladylike. Her best friend has stopped talking to her, because she was so shocked when Peggy explained the facts of life to her. And now, she's got the strangest sounds reverberating through her head. Could they really be voices from another world, as her auntie thinks? Or is there a simpler explanation at hand? This is a moving, fascinating and superbly written novel of family life in the 1920s.


The setting, the atmosphere and the fine detail of post-war family life is finely judged ... Hope bubbles up with wry humour and affection -- Jan Lee Oxford Times Anyone with an annoyingly bossy older sister will like Something in the Air -- Orna Mulcahy Irish Times Jan Mark is a very good author and I will look for other books by her to read in the future -- Nerissa Taverner Books for Keeps

About the Author

Jan Mark

Jan Mark was born in Hertfordshire during the Second World War. She would have been born in London, but her mother had been evacuated. She moved around a lot as a child, and ended up in Oxford. Sadly, she died suddenly from meningitis on 16 Jan 2006.

Jan Mark was one of the most distinguished authors of books for young people. She was twice awarded the Carnegie Medal for her novels Thunder and Lightnings and Handles; and also won the Penguin Guardian Award, the Observer Teenage Fiction Prize and the Angel Award for Fiction. Click here to see more of her books

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208 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

10th September 2009



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