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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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Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2000

A room of secrets in a house of lies.... When Josh explores his grandmother's house he finds an attic up a closed-off staircase. In it is a collection of strange drawings by his uncle, Patrick, who died suddenly in his teens. But he has no grave, and his name is never spoken. And Josh begins to uncover the dark truth his family has hidden for forty years..... 'Truth or Dare doesn't let up - and hits you with a final twist.' Daily Telegraph 'An unsettling, unputdownable mystery.' TES 'A moving book.' The Times 'Cecila Rees recounts a terrible human tragedy.' Children's Book of the Week, Guardian

Witch Child

Witch Child

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2000

This is a powerful, absorbing and unusual novel - The Bookseller . The sort of historial novel eleven and twelve year olds will gobble up at a sitting - Nina Bawden. When Mary sees her grandmother accused of witchcraft and hung for the crime, she is silently hurried to safety by an unknown woman. The woman gives her tools to keep the record of her days - paper and ink. Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity and once more she finds herself having to make important choices to ensure her survival. With a vividly evoked environment and characters skilfully and patiently drawn this is a powerful literary achievement by Celia Rees, that is utterly engrossing from start to finish.

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