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Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2008 and Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008. The electrifying and unflinching young adult debut novel about the impossible choices of growing up by award-winning fiction writer Patrick Ness. A word from the author: 'The Knife of Never Letting Go started as an idea about information overload. We're constantly surrounded by information - internet, emails, texts, etc - whether we want to be or not. To me, this can sometimes see overwhelming, sometime just so incredibly loud that it's impossible to make sense of. And I start thinking, what if you really couldn't escape? What if information never, ever stopped? And that gave me the idea of the Noise and of an intelligent, thoughtful young man buckling under the weight of it. There would come a day when he'd have no choice but to run...' What the Carnegie Award judges said: 'A bleak and unflinching novel with fascinating characters and extraordinary dialogue which creates a fully-realised world that the reader really buys into. The dog Manchee is an inspired creation! Ness conveys a real sense of terror and the ending is devastating. A novel that really stands out.'
Join the fantastical flying carpet race in this magical adventure novel from a debut author. Pacy, exciting and full of humour, it’s a timeless story combining good versus evil, a breathless race against time and two protagonists who must overcome their differences to succeed. The colourful, vivid setting of the mythical Arabian city of Azamed captures the true spirit of the classic One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.
A rebellious teenager finds himself transported to another world and there he finds himself forced to go on a perilous journey with a group of strikingly different characters including a speaking wolf. It's a fantasy that weaves the fabric of well-loved stories into an epic adventure that will introduce you to some characters that you will love and others that will put such cold fear into your bones that you feel the world might end. Full of good and evil, bravery and fearfulness, it's a fantasy sequence for young people written on a grand scale that pays homage to Tolkien in its sweeping invention. The Shadow of Malabron is a debut novel and the first book in The Perilous Realm sequence. A message from the author: 'The Perilous Realm is not just a world with stories in it. This world is Story. It is the place that all of the tales in our world come from. Whatever you might find in a story, you will find here. Adventures, strange encounters, riddles. Heroes and monsters. Bravery, goodness and terrible evil. And many other things that have yet no name in our world.'
A powerful novel written in vignettes about a Nepalese girl who risks everything for a chance to reclaim her life from the depths of childhood prostitution. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK this title was also a finalist for the US National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. If, after reading this poignant, harrowing but utterly essential read, you'd like to do more to raise awareness of the global crisis in sexual slavery then please visit in the first instance the author's own website, www.pattymccormick.com, from which you'll find links to other useful sites.
Winner of the 2009 Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. It is the second time translator Sarah Ardizzone has won the Award: she took it in 2005 for Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac. She received it at the English-Speaking Union from Anthony Horowitz, who had taken no part in the judging but who later confided that Toby Alone was his favourite book on the shortlist. What the judges said: An inventive adventure in a miniature world. Although just one and a half millimetres tall, Toby is a hero on a giant scale in this eco-story about the need to conserve resources. Toby's fight to save the tree from the predators who want to make use of it is passionate and exciting. We think it's an exciting, gripping fantasy story of a miniature world under threat and a boy hunted by his own people. In a sentence, The Borrowers for the 21st Century. Be prepared to be transported into this amazing miniature land where dangers lurk around every nook and cranny for a boy who must try to stop the wonton destruction of his world, which in turn is bringing potentially unstoppable climate change. It'a a real page-turner and heart-rending too with some wonderfully detailed line illustrations, which compliment the story so well. Translated from the French by the award-winning Sarah Adrizzone and itself winner of numerous awards including France’s prestigious Prix Sorcieres and, in translation, Italy’s Premio Andersen prize. The other titles shortlisted for the Marsh Award were Tina's Web, Letters From Alain, My Brother Johnny, When the Snow Fell, and Message in a Bottle. The sequel to Toby Alone, Toby Alone 2: Toby and the Secrets of the Tree is now available
Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award Go back in time to Dark Age Britain for this powerful story about loyalty and survival in another time. Abandoned by his father, Essa makes a new life for himself among the Wolf Clan. But, why did his father leave him and will he ever come back? When war comes, Essa finds he has invaluable unexpected powers which link him to the father he has never known.The Lovereading comment:Warring kingdoms, bloody feuds and a battle for survival, step back into the Dark Ages with this riveting, evocative and epic adventure from a debut writer. At breakneck speed journey through a distant place and time, where trees, animals and people inhabit the earth in closer harmony, and loyalty is the dearest prize of all.
A nail-biting mystery is dramatically unravelled through archaeology with a clever paranormal twist. Sent to England from their home in New York, Josh and Rachel find something dark and sinister behind the closed doors of Triskellion, the picturesque village which is their new home. Helped by another outsider, they unearth long hidden secrets which still have the power to shock. The Lovereading comment:This is the first extraordinary novel in a planned trilogy, combining edge-of-the-seat suspense, gripping mystery and archaeological adventure. It’s an inventive cross between The X-Files and The Da Vinci Code; pacy and suspenseful and sure to appeal to fans of Darren Shan, Anthony Horowitz and Garth Nix. Will Peterson is the pseudonym of acclaimed novelist Mark Billingham and TV writer and performer Peter Cocks.
Shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award. A stunning debut novel, Anila’s Journey captures a girl with an amazing talent for drawing who is swept up in an epic journey up the Ganges where she hopes she may find her father who has been long missing. A vivid Calcutta setting and a strong and convincing teenage heroine make this an exciting and dramatic story. The Lovereading comment:Anila’s Journey is a striking debut from a fresh new voice and a powerful work of historical literary fiction. Its setting in Calcutta is so beautifully described that you can feel yourself walking the streets with Anila, a heroine so determined to test herself in the man’s world of the late 1700s that you can't fail to be totally engrossed in her world.
Showcasing Walker Books’ brightest new storytelling talent in 2008.
Walker Books is home to many great writers and illustrators such as Michael Rosen, Allan Ahlberg and Anthony Horowitz. In 2008 they are specifically supporting new authors who they believe are the stars of the future.
We'll be showcasing twelve bright new storytelling talents, with a new author every month. These include first time novelists, experienced writers for adults debuting their fiction for children, and distinguished writers in translation appearing for the first time in the English language. These 'New Voices' represent many genres – from fantasy and thriller to magical realism and historical drama – and will appeal to a broad range of readers aged ten years and upwards.
We'll be offering you the chance to read extracts ahead of publication as well as exclusive interviews with the authors.