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Laura Summers grew up in South London and was a teacher before turning full time to writing. She has written extensively for many popular children’s television series including ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ (based on the novel by Jacqueline Wilson), ‘The New Worst Witch’, (based on the Jill Murphy books), and was recently nominated for a children’s BAFTA for one of her scripts for ‘The Little Princess’ - a pre-school animation series based on the picture books by Tony Ross.
The idea for her first novel came from the observation there were very few protagonists with learning disabilities in children’s books and the reality that one of her own children is disabled. The result is the creation of Rhianna and her sister Vicky: two very individual teenagers, one of whom happens to have learning disabilities.
Laura now lives in North Devon with her husband and children and when not writing loves to draw and paint.
This gripping family story is told in the two voices of Ellie and Grace, two sisters whose life takes a dramatic turn when their mum plucks up the courage to leave their violent father. How chatterbox Ellie and silent Grace find new lives – and new happiness - for themselves is deftly unravelled in a rollercoaster journey that embraces friendships, family and finding yourself.
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Award 2010 A compelling and heart-warming adventure featuring teenage twins Vicky and Rhianna. These twins couldn't be more different, but their foster parents can’t cope and it looks as if they and their younger brother will have to be split up. How can they stay together? Desperate times call for desperate measures…
Grace and Ellie find themselves in a completely new life when their mum suddenly moves them away from their bullying father. Talkative, story-spinning Ellie invents a whole new glamorous backstory for herself and becomes the star of the school play; while thoughtful, silent Grace expresses herself through her music and finds a boyfriend. The future seems better, brighter, more exciting. But as their past threatens to catch up with them, how long can silence and lies keep their dark secret safe?