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Moira Young - Author

About the Author

Moira Young was born in 1959 in New Westminster, British Columbia, and is of Scots and Cornish descent. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in European History, she moved to the UK to attend The Drama Studio, gaining her equity card on the alternative comedy circuit in the mid-80s. She became a tap-dancing chorus girl in London’s West End, appearing in 'High Society', directed by Richard Eyre, before returning to Canada and retraining as an opera singer. In 1991, Moira won the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions in Western Canada and she has sung in opera throughout the UK and Europe.

Moira wrote her first book aged nine but after being bitten by the theatre bug, she didn’t take up writing again until 2003, when she enrolled on Elizabeth Hawkins’ Writing for Children course and workshop at the City Lit. In 2006, Moira moved to Bath, where she still lives with her husband, and worked at the Bath Chronicle as PA to the Editor. She is now a full-time writer and is currently working on Rebel Heart, the sequel to Blood Red Road. Blood Red Road won the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award and was optioned for film by Ridley Scott.

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Featured books by Moira Young

Raging Star

Raging Star

13+ readers

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The final installment in the heart-stopping Dustlands trilogy, which began with the Costa Award-winning Blood Red Road and continued with Rebel Heart. Saba knows the price of violence. She has lost too much in the quest for freedom. Now she must decide if it's worth the fight. You can also find out the series by visiting www.facebook.com/BloodRedRoadBook  and moirayoung.com/dustlands-trilogy

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Other books by Moira Young

Raging Star

Raging Star

13+ readers

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The final installment in the heart-stopping Dustlands trilogy, which began with the Costa Award-winning Blood Red Road and continued with Rebel Heart. Saba knows the price of violence. She has lost too much in the quest for freedom. Now she must decide if it's worth the fight. You can also find out the series by visiting www.facebook.com/BloodRedRoadBook  and moirayoung.com/dustlands-trilogy

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Raging Star

Raging Star

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Loyalty and betrayal. Lovers and enemies. The final installment in the heart-stopping DUSTLANDS trilogy, which began with the Costa Award-winning BLOOD RED ROAD and continued with REBEL HEART. Saba doesn't know who she is any more. Her encounter with DeMalo leaves her drawn to the man she knows should be her enemy. She has no choice but to continue to lead the fight against him. Saba knows the price of violence. She has lost too much in the quest for freedom. Now she must decide if it's worth the fight.

Rebel Heart

Rebel Heart

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Danger. Betrayal. Destiny. Passion. The superb sequel to BLOOD RED ROAD, winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2011. Saba has rescued her kidnapped brother and defeated the fanatical Tonton. But the price to be paid for her violent victory is terrible. Jack has disappeared - and can no longer be trusted. A new and formidable enemy is on the rise in the dustlands. No one is safe. And Saba must confront the terrible secret hidden in the darkest depths of her soul.

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2012

Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2011. I ain't afeared of nuthin. Saba's twin is golden. She is his living shadow. He is strong and beautiful. She is scrawny and dark. Nothing will separate them... Raised in isolated Silverlake, Saba is ignorant of the harsh and violent world beyond her home. But when her twin is snatched by black-robed riders, red rage fills her soul. How will Saba find him in a wild, scorching and lawless land? Racing across the cruel dustlands to find him, she can spare no one. Not even the boy who saves her life. She must silence her heart to survive. Blood will spill. Every step of Saba's journey sizzles with danger in this futuristic thriller, which beats with a powerful, red-blooded heart. A shot of pure adrenalin. Exuberant, exciting and charged with emotion... If a better book for teenagers is published this year, I'll be surprised. The Times Has an elemental power, unfolding across achingly barren landscapes, full of blistering hotwinds and swirling clouds of orange dust. New York Times

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Author: Moira Young Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2011

A girl goes on an epic journey through a bleak landscape in the first book of this post-Apocalyptic trilogy. Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. Thats fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Sabas world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on a quest to get him back.Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. She has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

Author: Moira Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

In a lawless land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. When her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets out on an epic quest to rescue him.Winner of the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award.

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