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Halo by Zizou Corder

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Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010.

This is well written with excellent characterisation, particularly of the main protagonist in the story, a girl called Halo. There is plenty of excitement, action and adventure in the story together with lots of plot twists and turns and danger and intrigue as Halo tries to find out who she really is where she came from.

The Teenage Book Prize 2010 shortlist:

Halo - Zizou Corder

Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning

The Enemy - Charlie Higson

Revolver - Marcus Sedgwick

Out of Shadows - Jason Wallace

Unhooking the Moon - Gregory Hughes


Halo by Zizou Corder

Washed ashore as a baby in ancient Greece, Halo is discovered by a family of centaurs. Although her true identity remains a mystery, she is loved as one of their own. But when Halo is dragged away by fishermen, her wild adventure begins. Halo soon realises that if she is to survive then she must live in disguise as a boy. A violent war is threatening to erupt and Halo is at the mercy of the mighty Spartan warriors but as she battles to hide her secret, Halo never forgets her quest.

About the Author

Zizou Corder

Zizou Corder is the not-so-secret identity of Louisa Young and her daughter Isabel Adomakoh Young, who have been writing together since Isabel was seven. They have previously written four books: the Lionboy trilogy and Lee Raven, Boy Thief. They wander the world in a gilded balloon, and have 17 pet ducks and 8 miniature grand pianos, as well as Zizu the lizard and a dead tortoise.

A Q&A with the authors:

What was your inspiration for this book?

Looking out to the north over the beautiful island of Zakynthos got us thinking about the period in time when the ancient Greek myths started to fade and history started to take over…

Are any of your characters based on real people?

All of them. Pericles and Aspasia are real people, from true history, and the
others are all a bit like us.

What was the last film that blew you away?

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was on the TV last night. It makes you feel utterly grateful for really simple things – like legs and a voice.

If you were invisible for a day what would you do?

Go everywhere you’re not allowed! Or whisper in people’s ears. Especially evil leaders – tell them you’re the ghost of their grandmother and they’re to stop being evil.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th February 2010


Zizou Corder

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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


384 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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