Blood Tracks

Written by Paula Rawsthorne

Books of the Month - <b>December</b> Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers

LoveReading View on Blood Tracks

Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 category - One of our Books of the Year 2013 & June 2013 Book of the Month   We loved Paula Rawsthorne's debut novel in 2011, The Truth About Celia Frost, and are delighted to see her second novel, Blood Tracks, is equally explosive.  A psychological thriller, packed with mystery but with a clever plot that will appeal to existing fans of Paula's and will also attract a swathe of new readers - both girls & boys.

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Blood Tracks a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This was a fantastic book! It’s really thrilling and I couldn’t put it down; it has a terrific twist... Blood tracks is probably the best book I’ve read this year so far!'

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The winners of the Leeds Book Awards are chosen by you! Read the books, talk about them with your friends & teachers and decide which one is your favourite.  You can vote in your local library or at www.leedsbookawards.co.uk.  Voting closes on Friday 25th April and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 20th May.

See below for the entire shortlist.

Blood Tracks Synopsis

Gina is a runner. With her feet pounding the ground and her dad watching, she feels as though she can fly. But when her dad dies in dramatic circumstances, Gina refuses to accept the explanations she is given. Struggling to find the truth, Gina finds herself plunged into a world far removed from the one she has known; a world of lies, crime and betrayal. A world that will make her question everyone and everything around her. And a world she can't run from.

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Leeds Book Awards 2014

9-11 Shortlist

The Battles of Ben Kingdom by Andrew Beasley

The Great Ice-cream Heist by Elen Caldecott

Ways to See a Ghost by Emily Diamand

Osbert the Avenger by Christopher William Hill

The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones

11-14 Shortlist

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

How to be Invisible by Tim Lott

The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss

Blood Tracks by Paula Rawsthorne

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

14-16 Shortlist

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Siege by Sarah Mussi

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

The Quietness by Alison Rattle

Blood Tracks Press Reviews

Delilah Acworth    thrilling, and completely addictive....I found myself reading in every spare minute I had, eager to read more about Gina’s young Sherlock adventures. Amazing book, I loved every minute of it.  Click here to read the full review....


Safiyah Afghan  Blood Tracks is a fast paced, adrenaline pumping book that will have readers on the edge of their seat the whole time. With unexpected twists and turns and thrilling revelations this book is perfect for all readers.  Click here to read the full review....


Danielle Shepherd  This book was amazing, I couldn't put it down! I absolutely loved it! The fast pacing, page turning novel had me on the edge of my seat all the time.  Click here to read the full review....


Rebecca Tyrrell I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes action, suspense and mystery but has the patience to get through the times when everything seems to slow down. Trust me the ending is worth waiting for   Click here to read the full review....

Ayesha Afghan  a world of romance, crime, and death. Paula Rawsthorne is an extremely talented author and I really enjoyed reading Blood Tracks. Click here to read the full review....

Jenny Duffy  I loved Paula Rawsthorne’s first novel The Truth About Celia Frost, so I was very excited to read this! Blood Tracks is a fast-paced, exciting thriller with some very clever twists.  Click here to read the full review....

Ashley Masters, age 13 The story was interesting and gripping the whole way through, the characters were edgy and believable and I felt like I was there the whole time…..I would love to say more but you will have to get the book to find out for yourself!  Click here to read the full review....

Hollie Compton  For a book I wasn't sure I'd enjoy, it met my expectations and exceeded them by miles. I loved reading every page of this book and glad I got to read it.  Click here to read the full review....

Holly Hughes, age 16  
Blood Tracks was a brilliant, captivating and thrilling read. I couldn't put it down! I absolutely loved it, there was so many surprising twists and turns Click here to read the full review....

Lauren Walsh age 15 an amazing thriller....Intrigue, suspicion, romance, fast moving, exciting are all ingredients to make a brilliant story come alive.  Click here to read the full review....

Tahmin aged 12   a really good book...this book deserves a ten out of ten rating  Click here to read the full review....

Amy Knight   Blood Tracks is a fantastic book; the story is beautifully crafted and gives a delicate portrayal of the life of Gina Wilson. Having read Paula Rawsthorne’s previous novel The Truth about Celia Frost I could only hope that that her second novel lives up to this standard and it certainly exceeded it.   Click here to read the full review....
 
Rachel Bourn, age 14  This was a fantastic book! It’s really thrilling and I couldn’t put it down; it has a terrific twist... Blood tracks is probably the best book I’ve read this year so far!  Click here to read the full review....

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781409532156
Publication date: 01/06/2013
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409532156
Publication date: 1st June 2013
Author: Paula Rawsthorne
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children

About Paula Rawsthorne

After winning the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices competition, Paula's first novel – The Truth About Celia Frost – was published to widespread critical acclaim. A former social worker, she writes with passion and authenticity about the issues facing young people today.She lives in Nottingham

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