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Nicky Singer - Author

About the Author

Nicky Singer has written four novels for adults, two books of non-fiction and six works for young people. Her first children’s novel Feather Boy won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and then commissioned by the National Theatre’s Shell Connections series as a musical with lyrics by Don Black and music by Debbie Wiseman. In 2010 Nicky was asked by Glyndebourne to adapt her novel Knight Crew (a re-telling of the King Arthur legend set in contemporary gangland) for an opera with music by Julian Philips. 2012 saw both the publication of The Flask  (‘a nourishing and uplifting story, with big themes and a big heart,’ The Guardian) and the premiere of her play Island  (about ice-bears and the nature of reality) at the National Theatre. She has just published Island as a novel.

Nicky Singer lives in Brighton with her husband, their two sons and a daughter.

Featured books by Nicky Singer

Feather Boy

Feather Boy

9+ readers

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Robert Nobel, the school pariah, triumphs over his own fears and the school bully, in this extraordinary tale of self-empowerment, legend and death. Robert is a boy who can do anything - or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing as he does that he is the school geek. But something compels him to do what Edith asks - to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat, to confront his fears and find some answers. Niker the bully thinks this is a great laugh. He challenges Robert to spend the night at Chance House with him - but there the balance of power changes, and it is Robert who proves to be the stronger. Niker feels threatened by the change - and when he finds out Robert's secret obsession, to make the dying Edith Sorrel a coat of feathers like in the old legend of the Firebird, he knows just how to wrest his old power back. But just how important is the coat of feathers? Could it really save Edith's life?

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Other books by Nicky Singer

The Survival Game

The Survival Game

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

'A wonderful, surprisingly delicate story about a teenager making her way home to Scotland in a world remade by climate change (aimed at YA readers but, like all good children's books, good for adults too)' Lucy Mangan, i Weekend In a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful. Imagine a world ... Where there are too many people on a too-hot earth and your only chance of salvation is to journey north. Where you must prove yourself worthy of existence at every turn, at every checkpoint. Where your instincts become your most powerful weapon - even more than the gun in your pocket. Where you find out what it takes to survive. An extraordinary story about survival and what it costs, about the power of small kindnesses to change everything.

The Wind in the Willows Band 16/Sapphire

The Wind in the Willows Band 16/Sapphire

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Nicky Singer has captured all the beauty and familiarity of this classic children's book. Follow the adventures of Rat, Mole and Badger as they try to stop their friend Toad from getting into too much trouble. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the English literary heritage This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Island

Island

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2015

The Flask

The Flask

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

An unforgettable standalone novel from Nicky Singer, author of the sensational, award-winning FEATHER BOY. Twelve-year-old Jess is grieving for her beloved Aunt Edie, and anxiously awaiting the birth of her twin brothers, when she finds a mysterious glass flask hidden in a desk. The flask is beautiful to Jess, and soon she starts to believe that it contains a magical life-force. When her half-brothers are born critically ill, Jess becomes convinced that their survival depends on what's happening to the flask... Through Jess's stunning narration, Nicky Singer explores the meaning of life, and the interconnected nature of all things - in a way which is entirely accessible to young readers.

The Flask

The Flask

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2012

An unforgettable standalone novel from Nicky Singer, author of the sensational, award-winning FEATHER BOY. Twelve-year-old Jess is grieving for her beloved Aunt Edie, and anxiously awaiting the birth of her twin brothers, when she finds a mysterious glass flask hidden in a desk. The flask is beautiful to Jess, and soon she starts to believe that it contains a magical life-force. When her half-brothers are born critically ill, Jess becomes convinced that their survival depends on what's happening to the flask...Through Jess's stunning narration, Nicky Singer explores the meaning of life, and the interconnected nature of all things - in a way which is entirely accessible to young readers.

Feather Boy

Feather Boy

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

Essential Modern Classics are relaunched in gorgeous new covers bringing these timeless story to a new generation. Robert is a boy who can do anything - or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing as he does that he is the school geek. But something compels him to do what Edith asks - to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat, to confront his fears and find some answers. Niker the bully thinks this is a great laugh. He challenges Robert to spend the night at Chance House with him - but there the balance of power changes, and it is Robert who proves to be the stronger. Niker feels threatened by the change - and when he finds out Robert's secret obsession, to make the dying Edith Sorrel a coat of feathers like in the old legend of the Firebird, he knows just how to wrest his old power back. But just how important is the coat of feathers? Could it really save Edith's life?

Knight Crew

Knight Crew

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2009

GemX

GemX

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2006

In a world where perfection rules, Maxo Strang is king. He is a GemX, a boy genetically manipulated to be flawless. Nobody is better looking, more intelligent, of better social class...or more lacking in human empathy. Until Maxo discovers a wrinkle in his face. This can't happen to him! It happens only to the Dreggies - the wretched underclass of unenhanced 'naturals' who live outside the Polis. Terrified, Maxo begins a search for a cure. It is a search that takes him into the Dreggies' world, a place unbelievably different from his own, where violence, poverty and ugliness are routine. There, Maxo meets Gala and Stretch, Dreggies who are searching for their father who 'disappeared' while volunteering for scientific research in the city. For some horrifying yet compelling reason, he finds himself attracted to Gala. Gala and Stretch will do anything to find their dad, and Maxo may be the key. His father was the last person to see theirs before he vanished. Now, they will use Maxo to get some answers - whether he consents or not. What none of them realises is that they are all pawns in a bigger game. The city's Supreme Leader has plans - plans that will leave their lives hanging in the balance...

Innocent's Story

Innocent's Story

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2006

When Cassina is blown-up by a bomb in a station in England, life as she knows it is over. Except that she doesn't die. Cassina survives as something that can live in the heads of humans, knowing their thoughts but powerless to change them. She ends up in a variety of minds - her mum's, her dad's, a mad old lady's, a bigot's - but most scarily of all, she ends up in the head of the man who murdered her. It's an experience that challenges her beliefs and preconceptions, that terrifies her and frustrates her but, most of all, that changes her. Can it change her killer too...? This is Cassina's story, in her voice - a voice that will grip you and goad you, make you laugh and make you cry. It is a voice you will never forget.

Feather Boy The Musical

Feather Boy The Musical

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2006

This is a brilliantly entertaining adaptation of the novel. The play is accompanied by a free audio cd, teaching materials containing great ideas for drama work, as well as other activities designed to answer NC objectives. The songbook and backing tracks are available to download from www.debbiewiseman.co.uk Robert is a boy who can do anything -- or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing that he is the school geek. But something compels him to do what Edith asks -- to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat.

The Innocent's Story

The Innocent's Story

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2005

When Cassina is blown-up by a suicide bomber in a station in England, life, as she knows it, is over. Except that she doesn't die. And - miraculously - neither does the bomber. Cassina survives as something that can live in the heads of humans, knowing their thoughts but powerless to change them. Cassina ends up in a variety of minds - her mum's, her dad's, a mad old lady's, a bigot's - but most scarily of all, she ends up in the head of the man who murdered her. It's an experience that challenges every single one of her beliefs and preconceptions, that terrifies her and frustrates her but, most of all, that changes her. Can it change him too...? This is Cassina's story, in her voice - a voice that will grip you and goad you, make you laugh and make you cry. It is a voice you will never forget.

Doll

Doll

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2003

A story of dark emotions and strange friendship, Doll is the eagerly awaited new title from Nicky Singer, following the triumph of her first children's book, Feather Boy. Tilly's biker mother gave Tilly a doll when she was on her deathbed. There is something strange about the doll, something dangerous -- something which brings Tilly into the path of Jan, a South American boy with his own problems. But there are questions that have not been answered. Is Tilly's mother really dead, or is there a more painful reason for her absence?

Feather Boy

Feather Boy

Author: Nicky Singer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2002

Robert Nobel, the school pariah, triumphs over his own fears and the school bully, in this extraordinary tale of self-empowerment, legend and death. Robert is a boy who can do anything -- or so old Edith Sorrel at the nursing home tells him. Robert doesn't think so, knowing as he does that he is the school geek. But something compels him to do what Edith asks -- to visit old Chance House, where a boy once fell to his death from the top floor flat, to confront his fears and find some answers. Niker the bully thinks this is a great laugh. He challenges Robert to spend the night at Chance House with him -- but there the balance of power changes, and it is Robert who proves to be the stronger. Niker feels threatened by the change -- and when he finds out Robert's secret obsession, to make the dying Edith Sorrel a coat of feathers like in the old legend of the Firebird, he knows just how to wrest his old power back. But just how important is the coat of feathers? Could it really save Edith's life?

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