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Sarah Singleton was born in rural Northamptonshire and holds an honours degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Nottingham. She travelled in Europe, India and Nepal, and worked variously with horses, in a chocolate shop, as a factory operative, and a chambermaid in Germany, before becoming a journalist.
In 1993 she married Brian Hoare, and they have two young daughters. Now, she lives in Chippenham, "in beautiful mystic Wiltshire," and works as a senior reporter for the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald, campaigns with a local human rights group, and is learning to play violin.
Picture by Martin Phelps
The Stranger is the new novel from accomplished author Sarah Singleton, and the follow-up to her 2010 bestseller, The Island. Both evocative and gripping The Stranger is the story of three teens on their gap year in India - The Beach meets A Passage to India and it's a riveting thriller. Singleton deftly weaves both emotion and suspense into her multi-layered storyline. Both this and The Island should not be missed.
Put simply this is The Beach for teens. Three friends are on the start of their gap year in India but when one of them discovers a body of a girl he becomes the prime suspect. And, when he disappears his friends must endeavour to unravel the mystery surrounding the death in order to try and prove their friend’s innocence, without putting themselves at risk.
Intrigue, suspicion and mystery surround Thomas’s inheritance. The magical box his grandmother leaves to him allows him entry to the garden. Here a ghost warns him that his grandmother was poisoned as a result of a plot by members of a secret guild of deadly gardeners. Thomas must try and solve the mystery but will it destroy him first? With a big fan base amongst members of Lovereading4kids we know this new novel will be eagerly awaited alongside the previous titles.
A gripping and thoughtful story about the power of a cult leader on young people. When conventional Amber meets Dowdie she gets drawn into the Community which appears to offer all kinds of interesting alternatives to her own boring, everyday home life. Made to feel special and chosen– an Amethyst Child – Amber quickly falls under the spell of the cult leader and eagerly soaks up the belief system he promotes. But under the loving surface there are some dark secrets, which Amber begins to expose. Her gradual realization of what was happening is deftly unfolded.
A cleverly plotted, scary thriller, Heretic interweaves a strong historical setting with a whimsical â€˜faeryâ€™ story. Set in England during the reign of Henry V111 Heretic is a story of persecution and survival across different centuries. Elizabeth and her family are in hiding with a Catholic priest trying to stay safe from the persecutors who have outlawed their religion. Deep in the woods, she finds an unusual green-tinged creature who turns out to be Isabella, a girl of her own age who has been kept safe from persecution as a witch 300 years earlier, by the â€˜faeryâ€™ folk. As the net tightens on Elizabethâ€™s family, the girls work together to keep the persecutors at bay. (12+)
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2006. Century is a haunting story with a wonderfully gothic feel. Mercy and her sister Charity live in huge house full of dusty corners. Outside it is always winter and the two girls never see the sunshine as they go to bed just as the sun rises – and have done for hundreds of years. By why? Can Mercy discover the truth about their lives without destroying her home and family?
Charlotte is heading to a tiger sanctuary to do some voluntary work as part of her travels. But a fellow traveller working at the sanctuary starts to make her feel uncomfortable and she decides to ask Otto to visit her, pretending to be her boyfriend. When things start going wrong at the sanctuary, Charlotte fears a vendetta against her could be to blame. As tigers come under attack from poachers, the local authorities threaten to replace the sanctuary's management. Mark the journalist reappears, ostensibly covering the poaching crisis, but also delving into the background of the traveller who is making Charlotte's life a misery. But by now Otto and Charlotte's 'fake' relationship seems to be developing into something a little more serious... and how will Mark, and Otto's ex, Jen, feel about that?
It is the 1850's, and a young boy, Thomas, leaves his family to be apprenticed to a pharmacist, at the behest of his dead grandmother. He also inherits a magical box from her, which provides him entry into a mysterious garden. But while visiting it, he sees a ghostly vision of his grandmother, who tells him she was poisoned, and warns him that he must find the person responsible, and save her precious garden. For she was one of five members of an arcane guild, each of whom cultivated an individual garden, mastering the art of poison, perfume and medicine. The guild members jostle for power as, one by one, they are murdered... can Thomas solve the mystery, before he in turn is threatened?
It's the summer holidays and Amber is bored. So when she meets non-conformist Dowdie, she is bowled over. Dowdie lives in a commune known as the Community, and gradually, Amber finds herself drawn into it. She discovers that Dowdie is an Amethyst child - a child with special talents unrecognised by normal society - and that her father, James, the leader of the commune, believes Amber is one too. Meanwhile Amber also meets Johnny, a gorgeous loner who shares her interest in photography. But Johnny is very dismissive of the Community, a place Amber now holds dear. Torn between Johnny and her friend Dowdie, Amber finds herself being drawn into a world of dark and dangerous secrets. Secrets which can only end in death and disillusionment...
Jacinth, Miranda and Jack live in different lands, yet are all connected. Only by combining forces can they turn around the curse that has befallen their families for generations. A group of knights violently wrested a revered relic from an African tribe long ago. Our three protagonists are each descended from a knight - and each of them has a duty to return the stolen lily which gave the knights amazing powers. Powers that have warped and darkened over the centuries, leaving only instability and death in their wake. But a renegade ancestor is determined to retain the lily's power and influence - whatever the cost - and all three children are in terrible danger...
When Elizabeth finds a green-tinged creature in the woods she's amazed to discover that it's actually a girl of her own age. Isabella has spent the last 300 years in the faery world, hiding from persecutors who accused her of being the daughter of a witch. Elizabeth has her own persecutors to face. A catholic priest is hiding in her home - an act of treason in 1586 - and the net is closing in. As they become friends, Elizabeth and Isabella must find a way to protect the family from being torn apart...
Mercy and her sister Charity have never questioned their daily routine, each day unfolding exactly as the next. They live at night, sleep during the day and see their widowed father only rarely - their house shrouded in perpetual winter. Then one day, Mercy is woken to find a snowdrop on her pillow. A sign of spring, a subtle hint at a possible different future. A chance meeting with the mysterious Claudius sets her to questioning everything she has ever known - not least the truth behind her mother's death. Bit by bit Mercy traces her parents' story through the past, travelling back to see herself as a young child, silent witness to the dramatic events Claudius himself plays an enormous part in - only when she has pieced together the truth can her world begin to move on.
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