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Julie Bertagna is an award-winning writer for children and young adults who also writes freelance features for the Scottish press. She lives in Glasgow and her new novel, Zenith, sequel to the highly-acclaimed Exodus, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread children's prize, has just been published.
A novel of extraordinary imaginative vision and emotional power AURORA is the eagerly anticipated conclusion to the critically acclaimed, bestselling EXODUS and ZENITH.
Zenith is the incredible story of three teenagers with the will to make their own beginnings in the harshest of worlds. It continues the stunning journey begun in Exodus, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. For all those adults and children who enjoyed Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, both titles will be devoured. It is also an environmental wake-up call that should be required reading for all. With terrific storytelling power, Julie Bretagna has written an ambitious and intellectually stimulating novel and pulled it off with great aplomb.
Thrilling and thought-provoking in equal measure, this is a novel about hope and survival. Set in an imaginatively (yet, quite possibly realistic) created Glasgow of the future (It’s 2099) and beautifully written in stark, yet simple and lyrical prose. Don’t think of the novel as science fiction or fantasy just because it’s set in the future for this is a book that should be read by all for given the current serious discussions on climate change and its consequences, it could well be very relevant to our whole future. We've picked this out from the crowd as the sequel - Zenith- to it is published later this month and for all those who've yet to read this one, we thought we should give you the chance to do so.
The fifteenth anniversary edition of Exodus, a startling, thrilling novel set in a dystopian future ravaged by global warming It is 2099 - and the world is gradually drowning, as mighty Arctic ice floes melt, the seas rise and land disappears forever beneath storm-tossed waves. For fifteen-year-old Mara, her family and community, huddled on the fast-disappearing island of Wing, the new century brings flight. Packed into tiny boats, a terrifying journey begins to a bizarre city that rises into the sky, built on the drowned remains of the ancient city of Glasgow. But even here there is no safety and, shut out of the city, Mara realizes they are asylum-seekers in a world torn between high-tech wizardry and the most primitive injustice. To save her people, Mara must not only find a way into the city, but also search for a new land and a new home . . . This new edition celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Exodus featuring a new foreword from the author.
Sixteen-year-old Mara and her ship of refugees are tracking the North Star, desperate to find a homeland in the melted ice mountains of Greenland. The vast, floating city of Pomperoy is just one of the shocks that are not in their navigation plans. Unwittingly, the refugees bring catastrophe in their wake for Tuck, a gypsea pirate-boy, and also for Ilira - a land whose inhabitants exist in a state of terror at the top of the world. Back in the drowned ruins at the feet of the towering sky city, Fox is beginning his battle with the cruel, corrupt forces that rule the New World. But separated from Mara, his resolve begins to waver . . .
Adam would love to do something special but he feels so ordinary compared to his brother and sister. Then a meeting with Mr Mofat in a local nursing home inspires him and he discovers he can become a hero too.
It's a long, hot summer - and a climactic one. For fourteen-year-old Sapphire it brings the awesome, terrifying realization that she is pregnant - a discovery that catapults her into the eye of a storm as her body, her future, her life, become a battleground for everyone's needs but her own. Meanwhile, out in the humid urban night, a mysterious firebug is running wild, working out his own anger and confusion with dramatic consequences. Somehow, from this cauldron of emotion and fear, Sapphire must find a way to take control of her life - and make the most agonizing and lonely of choices.
Wayne and Wendy's parents are always coming up with crazy business schemes. Having unsuccessfully tried their hand at goat farming they've now bought a bashed up old ice-cream van called Macaroni, and are ready to take to the road selling their extraordinary ice-cream. There's Marshmallow Squidge, Chocwobble, and Cheesy Peasmint - no ordinary flavours are allowed on board! Wayne and Wendy, and their mischievous pet goat Gina, are soon having great fun with Macaroni - who turns out to be a very unusual, rather magical ice-cream van!
This book is suitable for reluctant readers of 8-13 with a reading age of eight years. It is printed on cream paper, which is proven to be more restful on the eye. The font is specially designed to encourage a smooth and easy read. There are frequent page breaks, short, headed chapters and illustrations on almost every page. A wide range of specialists, including children themselves, have read and commented on the book prior to publication.