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Celia Rees - Author

About the Author

Celia Rees has written over twenty books for Young Adults and is best known for her historical fiction. Her first historical novel, Witch Child, was translated into 28 languages. Witch Child and subsequent titles, Sorceress and Pirates!, were shortlisted for the Guardian, Whitbread (Costa) and W.H. Smith Awards in the UK and won awards in the UK, USA, France and Italy.

She lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK and divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, reviewing and teaching creative writing.

 

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Pirates!

Pirates!

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2021

From the author of the bestselling and award-winning WITCH CHILD, comes another outstanding historical novel. When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in the eighteenth-century West Indies, they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives. The first is a slave, forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager. The second is a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well. But fate ensures that one night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free. As pirates, they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure. Written in brilliant and sparkling first-person narrative, this is a wonderful novel in which Celia Rees has brought the past vividly and intimately to life.

Sovay

Sovay

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2021

From the author of the bestselling and award-winning WITCH CHILD, comes another outstanding historical novel. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and its impact on British politics, this action-driven novel shows once again that Celia Rees is one of our very best writers for teenage readers. Wild and beautiful, spoilt and wilful, Sovay finds that her cosseted upbringing in rural England has not prepared her for life as a highway robber, for defending the honour of her family or for trying to save herself from corruption and evil. As Sovay becomes more and more embroiled in adventures she could never have imagined, a story of dark intrigue, thwarted passions and sinister intentions is revealed to her. Will she be able to survive, and if she does so, at what cost?

The Tear Jar Band 18/Pearl

The Tear Jar Band 18/Pearl

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Collins Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 4-11 edited by Cliff Moon. Top children's authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that your children will love to read, banded to help you choose the right book for every child. Practical ideas for guided reading are included at the back of each book. Pearl/Band 18 books offer fluent readers a complex, substantial text with challenging themes to facilitate sustained comprehension, bridging the gap between a reading programme and longer chapter books. Text type: Curriculum links:

Twelfth Night Band 17/Diamond

Twelfth Night Band 17/Diamond

Author: Celia Rees Illustrator: Kisoo Chai Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Enjoy the hilarity and mischief amidst the mistaken identities, mixed messages and cross dressing in this wonderful retelling of William Shakespeare's comedy play by Celia Rees. As all the characters get their wires crossed, and fall in love with the wrong people, time is running out to reveal their true identities before they head to the church! Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view.

Miss Graham's War

Miss Graham's War

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Germany, 1946 History hides many secrets One woman will hunt for the truth... *Previously published as 'Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook'* 'A perfect summer read; gripping, original, well-drawn and compassionate' Joanne Harris 'Celia Rees is a superb writer, and this novel has one of the most irresistible and unique story hooks I've ever come across' Sophie Hannah Daughter. Sister. Friend. Spy. It's 1946 and the dust of war has settled over Europe. But for Edith Graham, an ordinary woman living an ordinary life, her journey is only just beginning. Escaping her humdrum existence, Edith is swept into war-torn Germany and recruited to draw elusive Nazis out of hiding. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more blurred the line between good and evil. In a shadowy world of shifting loyalties, where no-one is quite who they seem to be, who can Edith trust? Readers are gripped by Miss Graham's War: 'This is a thoroughly absorbing post World War 2 novel' Netgalley reviewer 'It's a story that will stay with me for a long time' Netgalley reviewer 'The characterisation is perfect . . .It really was a super read and it took me through the emotions as I was reading' Netgalley reviewer 'Spellbinding and heartbreaking' Netgalley reviewer 'A brilliant story, based on the facts of what actually went on during this time, you have to read this book! Gripping and highly satisfying' Netgalley reviewer 'What a superb read! The plot is exceptionally well-written and much research has gone into the book' Netgalley reviewer

Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

Germany, 1946 A reluctant spy is born... 'A perfect summer read; gripping, original, well-drawn and compassionate' Joanne Harris 'Celia Rees is a superb writer, and this novel has one of the most irresistible and unique story hooks I've ever come across. This book deserves to be huge!' Sophie Hannah An ordinary woman. A book of recipes. The perfect cover for spying... Sent to Germany in the chaotic aftermath of World War II, Edith Graham is finally getting the chance to do her bit. Having taught at a girls' school during the conflict, she leaps at the opportunity to escape an ordinary life - but Edith is not everything she seems to be. Under the guise of her innocent cover story, Edith has been recruited to root out Nazis who are trying to escape prosecution. Secretly, she is sending coding messages back to the UK, hidden inside innocuous recipes sent to a friend - after all, who would expect notes on sauerkraut to contain the clues that would crack a criminal underground network? But the closer she gets to the truth, the muddier the line becomes between good and evil. In a dangerous world of shifting loyalties, when the enemy wears the face of a friend, who do you trust?

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