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Grave Matter

Written by Juno Dawson

Illustrated by Alex T. Smith

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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 

In a nutshell: Gothic tale of love and obsession 

Teenage love is the subject of Juno Dawson’s thoroughly creepy new book for Barrington Stoke: ‘I think we love more freely… more playfully, with reckless abandon’, says Eliza to her boyfriend Sam shortly before she is killed in a car crash, which almost explains his actions after her death. Sam’s grief is all-encompassing, and he is prepared to do absolutely anything to see her again… It’s a genuinely chilling story, but Dawson keeps a playfulness there too, and finally leads Sam back to hopes of a happy future. Beautiful full page illustrations by Alex T Smith send more shivers down the spine; one to read with all the lights on. ~ Andrea Reece

Readers gripped by this dark story would enjoy short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, M R James and E F Benson.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.

Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers.  Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.

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Grave Matter Synopsis

Grave Matter is a Gothic YA novella of love, obsession and the supernatural from the award-winning Queen of Teen Juno Dawson, collaborating for the first time with prize-winning illustrator Alex T. Smith. This is a real stand-out YA title with brilliant storytelling matched with stunning illustration and perfect for reluctant or struggling teen readers.

Since the crash, since Eliza died, Samuel can't find a way to go on. His need to see his love again is overwhelming, and so he ventures into the strange, terrifying world of Hoodoo. Samuel is about to make a pact with powers he cannot comprehend, let alone control...

A chilling tale of love that reaches beyond the grave.

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ISBN: 9781781126042
Publication date: 27/09/2017
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781126042
Publication date: 27th September 2017
Author: Juno Dawson
Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 136 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly
Other Categories: Hallowe'en

About Juno Dawson

Juno Dawson – formerly known as James – is the multi award-winning author of dark teen thrillers HOLLOW PIKE, CRUEL SUMMER, SAY HER NAME and UNDER MY SKIN. In 2015, she released her first contemporary romance, ALL OF THE ABOVE. In 2016, she authored one of the World Book Day titles: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. Juno lives in Brighton.

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