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Written by Candy Gourlay

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Shine Synopsis

Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it's not a horror story though some people might be horrified. It's not a monster story either, even though there is a monster in it and that monster happens to be me. Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious island community of Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as the friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she's not the only one with something to hide. From the author of the critically-acclaimed Tall Story, comes a haunting, intense and moving novel which weaves myths and ghosts into a modern setting. As Rosa's social life blossoms, how will she seize the freedom to be who she really is?

Shine Press Reviews

Gourlay has created something very special here ... [Shine] is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world ... all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax... She has truly found her voice. -- Philip Ardagh

[An] irresistibly exotic story of family, friendship, ghosts and legends ... A sparkling jewel of a story. Booktrust

There is a deftness of touch ... This is a moving story about family secrets and the importance of communication and connection. -- Jake Inky Droplets

Powerful central mystery ... likeable and well-rounded characters ... This story will suit a reasonably confident reader emotionally robust enough to appreciate an intense family thriller. If they also love an intriguing and well-realised contemporary setting, then they will thoroughly enjoy Shine.

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ISBN: 9780385619202
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780007326273
Publication date: 04/03/2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780385619202
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: Candy Gourlay
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay was born in Manila during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos; afterworking as a journalist for some years, she moved to the UK in her twenties. Candy isnow a full-time writer across a range of medium; short stories, blogs, websites,journalistic features and radio programmes. TALL STORY is Candy’s first full-lengthpublished novel.

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