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Rhian Ivory was born in Swansea and grew up on the Welsh borders. She got her first publishing deal at 26 and wrote four novels for Bloomsbury as Rhian Tracey. She now teaches Creative Writing and a Children's Literature course for the Open University, is a National Trust writer in residence, a Patron of Reading in Buckinghamshire and a writing mentor for WoMentoring. Rhian lives in Northamptonshire with her family. The Boy who drew the Future is her fifth novel.The Boy who drew the Future coming Sept 2015 from Firefly Press - https://www.fireflypress.co.uk/node/161
In a nutshell: contemporary drama gives us hope Hope Baldi has more problems than the average teenager: she’s mourning the sudden death of her father, and having failed to win a place at drama college has no idea what to do with her life. On top of that she suffers from a disorder that causes extreme mood swings and terrifying uncontrollable fits of rage. Various things help her through however, not least the love of family and friends, and a long distance text/email relationship with the charming, no-nonsense Riley. Rhian Ivory has a real ear for dialogue and understands her audience very well; readers will be gripped by Hope’s journey of healing and self-discovery. One to add to the ‘you’re not alone’ category alongside books by Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson and Eve Ainsworth. ~ Andrea Reece
Tense, and creepy, there are real thrills in this absorbing story. Noah has a strange and unsettling talent – gift or curse? – his drawings portray events that have not yet happened, but will. It’s a talent he needs to keep hidden. Moving to a new place to start a new life gives him the chance to reinvent himself, particularly when he makes friends with a girl, Beth, but the past seems to haunt him. Indeed, Noah’s story seems bound up with that of a boy who lived over one hundred and fifty years ago, whose talent for seeing the future had him branded a witch. We want things to work for Noah, but there’s a very real sense that they might not and Rhian Ivory maintains the tension until the very end. ~ Andrea Reece
The summer between school and sixth form college. When Hope doesn't get into drama college, and her friends do, all her plans fall apart. She's struggling with anger, grief for her father and a sense that her own body is against her. She meets Reilly on the ferry and his texts give her someone to talk to. But this isn't a story about a boy fixing everything. It's about trying new things, having the courage to ask for help and that when things seem to be all over, that might be just the beginning.
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2017. Fifteen-year-old Blaze and Noah live in the same village, Sible Hedingham, more than 100 years apart. They both have the same gift or curse - they find they must draw pictures that later come true. In the 1860s Blaze is bullied, cheated and accused of being a witch and 'swam'. In the present day, Noah is used to everyone, even his parents, being afraid of him and is desperate to keep his drawing a secret. But as he gets closer to Beth, he must decide whether or not he can tell her the truth. Can Blaze's history help Noah and Beth work out their own story? Can the future be changed?
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