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S. M. Hall is the author of four books for young teens published by Scholastic: When you Can't Say No, Don't Forget to Dance, No Fear and Knife Edge. She has taught speech and drama and has recently been involved in staging a musical in Qatar involving twenty nationalities. She has also done freelance journalism including a column for the Guardian when she was living in the States. She has recently become custodian of Sir Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool for the National Trust. Her husband, who was in the rock business, is custodian of John Lennon's childhood home.
Breaking the Circle is a highly-charged adventure which unflinchingly captures the dangers of the shadowy world of illegal immigration and drug dealing. When Maya is mugged on the way home from school she finds herself inextricably involved with her muggers and especially with Kay who, despite her role, also seems to be a victim. Maya is determined to help Kay if she can but stepping into this new world is full of danger and hard questions to answer as Maya soon finds as she tries to unravel the invisible chains that bind Kay.
Danger! Maya Brown has been brought up on it and it still gives her a thrill. She longs to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a special agent and trains hard to perfect the necessary skills. When her mum is kidnapped, Maya has to put all her practice to the test in an operation which must be as brave as it is delicate if she is to get her mother out alive.