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Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author and activist, Saci Lloyd has held down a bewildering variety of non-jobs, including being a storyboard artist, a cartoonist, a singer in a band, an animator and a script editor for Camouflage Films.
She recently stepped down as Head of Media at Newham Sixth Form College, but continues her association with the East London college.
Saci's first novel, The Carbon Diaries 2015, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and is in development with the BBC, and her third novel Momentum was longlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
Saci very aware of the market she writes for. She understands their day to day lives and that translates over in the voice of her novels. She is a very strong and vocal advocate within the education sector. Her many years experience working with teenagers in East London gives her a very real and valid insight into how education policies affect the next generation. Her many blogs often criticise the status quo.
Saci Lloyd writes gutsy fiction with a fierce strand of social comment at its core that grabs you by the throat and makes you unwilling to put the book down for a moment. Here, as in her previous novels, she seamlessly merges real and virtual worlds blending the two skillfully. Clever teenager Anthony Griffin knows he must pass his exams to get out of the Debtbelt, a world in which his mum does two jobs and works nights too, forever. But as the minutes of the exam time tick by, something else that is more important is on his mind; his girlfriend. To save her, Anthony has to enter the virtual world of the Drop and hunt down her killer. It is a tough call. Does he have the courage?
One of the 8 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011. Momentum is an action-packed thriller with a warm heart but a disturbing message of what can happen in a broken society. The setting is a disintegrating London in a not too distant future. Power supplies are unreliable and the streets are unsafe. Factions rule the city and there is constant danger from the Kossaks who shoot freely as they keep the peace violently. Teenager Hunter is one of the privileged Citizens but he searches for a life with more meaning in the run-down homes of the Outsiders. Hunter's involvement brings great risks but through it he learns the importance of real feelings. Titles longlisted for the 2011 Guardian Children's Book Prize: My Name is Mina by David Almond Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge Momentum by Saci Lloyd Moon Pie by Simon Mason Return to Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher Mr Gum and the Secret Hideout by Andy Stanton
Laura’s witty diary entries cleverly combine the important events in her own life – managing her boyfriend and dealing with her attempts to be in a successful band – with the major and serious issues of climate change in a not too distant future. Temperatures are rising; carbon rationing is now the norm and London is struggling to survive: The Carbon Diaries 2017 makes readers think seriously while also enjoying some great comedy moments reflecting teenagers of anytime or place. Click here to see The Carbon Diaries 2015
Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award. This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015. It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading. Through the writing you will begin to understand what life is likely to be like in just a few years for a teenager and her family when, in a drastic bid to combat climate change, there is carbon rationing and the threat of almost unstoppable global warming is no longer a threat but actually a reality. Laced with humour and written with a lightness of touch it is page-turning stuff but with a serious message. A word from the author: ‘I wrote The Carbon Diaries because I want to start a revolution and I want to make people laugh.’ A word from Rachel Wade, Saci’s editor: 'One of the great things about working on children's books is the opportunity to be inspired along with the reader. The Carbon Diaries 2015 is an inspirational book - and at the same time, Saci never failed to make me laugh.'
Welcome to a world controlled by a megalomaniac Lolcat. A world where data pirates, zombies and infobots on surfboards roam free. A world at war over cheese ...When teenager Mikey Malone gets sucked through a wormhole into this parallel world, he discovers a power-crazed corporation is planning to use Earth as a dumping ground for an uncontrollable poisonous algae. It's a race against time for Mikey and his rebel friends to stop the ruthless tyrants from getting their way. A laugh-out-loud-funny new sci-fi series from Costa-shortlisted author Saci Lloyd, perfect for devotees of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.
London, the near future. Energy wars are flaring across the globe - oil prices have gone crazy, regular power cuts are a daily occurrence. The cruel Kossak soldiers prowl the streets, keeping the Outsiders - the poor, the disenfranchised - in check. Hunter is a Citizen: one of the privileged of society, but with his passion for free running and his rebel friend Leo he cannot help but be fascinated by the Outsiders. So when he meets Outsider Uma, he is quickly drawn into their world - and into an electrifying and dangerous race to protect everything they hold dear.
It's over a year since her last diary and Laura Brown is now in her first year of university in London, a city still struggling to pull itself together in the new rationing era. Laura's right in the heart of it; her band, the dirty angels, are gigging all over town until a police crackdown on rioting students forces them out of the city. After a brief exile on her parents' farm, the angels set off in a battered VW bus on a tour of Europe with the fabulous Tiny Chainsaws in the Distance. The tour soon unravels, however, in an increasingly dramatic sequence of events that include drought in Europe and Africa, a tidal-wave of desperate immigrants, a water war in the Middle East and a city-wide face off with the army in London. Not to mention infidelity, betrayal, friendship, love and massive courage. How long can Laura distance herself from the struggle? And more importantly, how can she keep her style and hope alive in a world on the edge of madness?
It's January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing, in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon. Will her mother become one with her inner wolf? Will her sister give up her weekends in Ibiza? Does her father love the pig more than her? Can her band the dirty angels make it big? And will Ravi Datta ever notice her? In these dark days, Laura deals with the issues that really matter: love, floods and pigs. The Carbon Diaries 2015 is one girl's drastic bid to stay sane in a world unravelling at the seams.
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