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Jill lives and works by the sea near Brighton. As well as being a children’s author, she has written for children’s TV and the stage. She is currently working on her third book for young teens. ‘Deeper Than Blue’ won the 1066 Schools’ Book award and was shortlisted for the Bolton Children’s Book award and the Cumbrian Spellbinding award. It was also long-listed for the Branford Boase award for an outstanding first novel for children. Since launching her website, she has had many lovely messages and many of them are for Zack, her Golden Retriever!
Here's an interview with Jill, talking about If I Could Fly:
A warm-hearted story that captures how a girl’s love for a beautiful, proud but troubled horse helps her to manage her own sadness after the death of her father. Jodie lives for horses and when her mum says she can buy her own she is over the moon. From the moment she sees him at the horse auction, Jodie knows that Samphire is the one horse for her. How Jodie helps to calm Samphire and, while doing so, soothes her own panicky feelings is touching told. When Samphire suddenly disappears Jodie’s needs all her courage and determination to find him and bring him back.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. A haunting and magical story about the living and the dead and those who seem able to live somewhere in between. Calypso Summer is on the run. She can’t remember why and she doesn’t know how she will find safety. All she knows is that she must not get caught by the FISTS who make the rules. Finding sanctuary in the derelict hospital, Calypso finds unusual companions, including Alfie who begins to answer some of the questions that Calypso needs to understand. A cleverly unravelled story that keeps readers guessing for a long time.
With themes of family, friendship and change at the forefront of this moving, passionate and engrossing tale of a mother and daughter Last Kiss of the Butterfly will hook you in to its pages and take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that will bring about a greater maturity both in the protagonist and the reader.
Samphire Song is a powerful, uplifting story about a girl and her spirited horse, fighting against the odds for fans of Cathy Cassidy, Eva Ibbotson and Michael Morpurgo. The first time I saw Samphire, I knew he was the one. He was wild, troubled, broken, but there was an instant connection so powerful I couldn't ignore it. Maybe he knew that I was broken too? Slowly, we learned to trust one another, and now we have a bond so strong that nothing can break it. So the day he disappeared from my world, it felt like my life was over. But I will find him - I'll make it my mission. Searingly beautiful and with the same gripping style as If I Could Fly, Jill Hucklesby proves herself to be a writer of books for teens worthy of comparison with the biggest names in children's literature. One of the great horse stories of recent times, from the same stable as Michael Morpurgo's epic, War Horse.
If I Could Fly is an unputdownable novel with real heart for fans of Cathy Cassidy. Calypso Summer. Yeah, that really is my name. 'A girl with such a name is on a journey. She will have adventures,' my mother used to murmur in my ear. And I now I am on a journey. I'm running from something terrible - but I don't know what. It's like my brain has blocked it out. For now, I'm learning to survive: to break the System and not get caught. I've found a friend I can trust. Next stop, freedom. Somehow, somewhere ...If I Could Fly is a story you'll never forget. Tender, deeply moving and accessible, Jill Hucklesby's breakthrough book for teens is reminiscent of Eva Ibbotson and Meg Rosoff's finest work.
Jaz is one determined teenager. Whether it's getting that Tae Kwon Do move just right, or investigating the latest cancer treatment to help her mum, giving-up just isn't in her vocabulary. But when her mum announces that she and Jaz will spend the summer staying in a cottage on the marshes, just the two of them, Jaz may have to realise that there are some things she can't control. Away from her friends and urban lifestyle, Jaz struggles, but slowly begins to tune into her environment and embrace her alternative summer. Jaz begins to see her mum differently. She starts to see the other sides to her mum - as a woman, not just a mother or a wife - and their relationship and understanding deepens. Jaz's outlook on life changes, as she develops strength and maturity. But there is something on the horizon for which Jaz may never be able to prepare...
Amy is a thirteen-year-old champion swimmer. When she and her best friend Sophie meet with an accident one day, Amy's life changes dramatically. Amy's story of how she comes to terms with Sophie's death and with the consequences of her accident is told with sensitivity and humour. In hospital, Amy makes friends with quirky Harry, and begins to feel more positive. Her relationship with her parents is changing too, and the family's move from Nottingham to Brighton heralds a new start. Amy starts swimming again and triumphs in a competition - she has come full circle, and we have cried and laughed with her all the way.
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