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Celia Rees - Author

About the Author

Celia Rees was born and went to school in Solihull, in the West Midlands. She now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter, Catrin. After gaining a degree in History and Politics from Warwick University, she taught English in comprehensive schools in Coventry for seventeen years. It was during this time that she began to write. Celia’s first book was published in 1993, a thriller for teenagers.

Celia now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing on the University of Warwick’s Open Studies Programme. She writes for older children and teenagers and gets her inspiration from the world around her: newspaper stories, people she meets, places she visits. Celia particularly likes museums and art galleries. She first had the idea for Witch Child on a trip to the American museum near Bath.

Featured books by Celia Rees

Other books by Celia Rees

Cunning Man

Cunning Man

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

Finn is haunted by terrifying dreams where a huge wave threatens to engulf her in watery darkness. They have been worse since she arrived at the Cornish cottage. Then she discovers the strange curse that was laid upon the cottage years ago, and she's sure vengeful Griffiths has something to do with it. She's seen him, endlessly tying and retying a length of rope, creating the knots that - superstition has it - can conjure storms. Finn knows that she's in mortal danger if she can't find a way to break the curse...This is a superbly spine-chilling teen thriller from the award-winning author of Witch Child .

Sorceress

Sorceress

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2009

As Witch Child ends so Sorceress begins. Alison Ellman is still searching for information about Mary Newbury; she has a diary and some scattered information about other people in Mary's life, but Mary has disappeared into the forests and Alison has no way of following her. But when she meets Agnes Herne, Alison encounters the person who is going to tell her all about Mary's life after she leaves Beulah. Agnes is a descendant of Mary's and has a special skill which allows her to be in touch with Mary in the spirit world. And Mary has a story to tell. A story of love and friendship, sadness and loss. A story that takes her across the New World in an epic search for a home. We fell under the spell of Mary in Witch Child and now at last we find out what happened to her after her ill-fated time in Beulah. Just as Mary's story has to be told to Agnes, it has to be read by us for it is passionate, compelling and utterly wonderful.

Vanished

Vanished

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2009

At the start it was just stories. Stories of plague graves, vanished children and hidden steps leading to a festering underworld. But when another child goes missing, Fraser and Cassie wonder if there's some truth in the tales. The dark tunnels running under the city are real enough. Then there's Billy, who promises to lead them to a decaying kingdom far more terrifying than anyone coul imagine. Highly-acclaimed Celia Rees writes superb supernatural horror novels for teenagers. The Vanished is one of the best.

Witch Child

Witch Child

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2009

When Mary sees her grandmother accused of witchcraft and hanged for the crime, she is silently hurried to safety by an unknown woman. The woman gives her tools to keep the record of her days - paper and ink. Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity, and once more she faces important choices to ensure her survival. With a vividly evoked environment and characters skilfully and patiently drawn, this is a powerful literary achievement by Celia Rees that is utterly engrossing from start to finish.

Witch Child

Witch Child

Author: Celia Rees Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2008

It is 1659 and Mary Newbury, theyoung granddaughter of a witch, sees her wise and beloved grandmother tortured and hanged as a servant of the Devil. Then a stranger with hauntingly familiar eyes approaches her with an opportunitysafe passage to America. But the difficult ocean voyage only leads her to a community of inflexible, fearful grownups who try to decide for her who and what she will be. Mary must disguise herself as a pious Puritan girl, hiding her true nature, or else face terrible danger once again.Now that the pages of Marys journal have come to light, discovered in their centuries-old hiding place between the patches of a quilt, listeners can experience what it was like living in a society where differences were feared and defiance was deadly.From the Compact Disc edition.

The Stone Testament

The Stone Testament

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2008

This is a powerful novel of tremendous scope from the best-selling author of Witch Child - a literary thriller with all the mystery Celia's fans love. The whole history of the human race is in Adam and Zillah's hands...

Sovay

Sovay

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2008

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and its impact on British politics, this action-driven novel shows once again that Celia Rees is one of our very best writers for teenage readers. Wild and beautiful, spoilt and wilful, Sovay finds that her cosseted life in rural England has not prepared her for life as a highway robber, for defending the honour of her family or for trying to save herself from corruption and evil. As Sovay becomes more and more embroiled in adventures she could scarcely have imagined, a story of dark intrigue, thwarted passions and sinister intentions is revealed to her. Will she be able to survive, and if she does so, at what cost?

Wish House

Wish House

Author: Celia Rees Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2007

Richard has hung out at the abandoned house in the woods during his summer vacation for as long as he can remember. But this year, he discovers that a family has moved in. The father, J. A. Dalton, is an internationally renowned artist who insists on painting Richards portrait, while Daltons wife draws the boy into her circle as though he were one of the familys bohemian adult friends.But it is their beautiful daughter, Clio, with whom Richard becomes obsessed. Soon he finds ways to spend daysand nightswith Clio, all the while struggling to understand and fit in with her eccentric clan. How can he know that some mysteries are best left unsolvedand that the passions of a single summer will change his life forever?

Ghost Chamber

Ghost Chamber

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2007

The Goodman children are spending their first proper holiday with their estranged archaeologist father since their parents divorced - looking forward to seeing what his new house in the country is like. They know it's a crumbling old pub, which he is renovating, but not long after they arrive, they realise their dad bought the pub for a reason, because of what is said to be buried beneath it. Objects move in the knight, strange noises can be heard coming from the cellar, and a creepy looking guy is hanging around the village asking sinister questions about their dad, and the old pub....13 year old Hugh Goodman is intrigued, and digs a little deeper into the mysteries of the house than he should. Before he knows it he and his siblings are caught up in a horrifying secret, and the discovery of an ancient chamber, where lies the restless ghost of a buried templar knight. Will the ghost avenge his own death using innocent children, or can they manage to beat evil forces?

Witch Child 21 Great Bloomsbury Reads for the 21st Century

Witch Child 21 Great Bloomsbury Reads for the 21st Century

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2007

After Mary sees her grandmother accused of witchcraft and hung for the crime, she is hurried to safety by an unknown woman who gives her tools to keep a record of her days - paper and ink. Then Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she will have to make important choices to ensure her survival. Vividly evoked, this is a powerful literary achievement by Celia Rees that is utterly engrossing from start to finish.

Pirates!

Pirates!

Author: Celia Rees Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

It is the dawn of the eighteenth century, when girls stay home and sew while men sail the high seas finding adventure, danger, and gold. But two unusually adventurous girls--a rich merchant's daughter, Nancy Kington, and her former plantation slave, Minerva Sharpe--take to the high seas from Jamaica on a shop the crew renames Deliverance. Not just any trading ship, the Deliverance flies black flags from its mast, proclaiming to all that the newly named, hijacked ship is a pirate vessel, striking fear into the hearts of those she approaches. Or so they hope.For Nancy, the Deliverance is her escape from an arranged betrothal to a controlling and devilish man. For Minerva, it is an escape from slavery, as well as from the fearsome overseer on Nancy's family plantation. But in the end, the money, the adventure, the companionship, and the chance to see the world not as women, but as bold and daring pirates, is an opportunity neither can deny.A powerful, thrilling, and ultimately inspiring journey of two women who break the bonds of gender, race, and position to find their own way to glory.

The Wish House

The Wish House

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2006

In the summer of 1976, on holiday in South Wales, fifteen-year-old Richard is shocked and fascinated to meet the tenants of the historic Wish House. Jay Dalton is a well-known artist, and his large, bohemian family - casually stripping naked on the beach, smoking dope, ignoring convention - seem astonishingly glamorous. Richard falls under the spell of beautiful, free-spirited Clio, Jay's daughter. She seduces him in a secret forest grotto, where they spend idyllic days playing out her favourite Celtic myths of brave grail knights and powerful enchantresses. But why does Jay paint so many nudes of Clio? Why is he obsessed with the need to paint Richard? Why does his wife grow poisonous plants in her Witch's Garden? The Daltons' dark secrets draw Richard into a world of disturbing relationships, where he discovers, too late, that his innocent arrival at the Wish House was no accident . . .

Cunning Man

Cunning Man

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2005

Finn hates water. She's haunted by terrifying nightmares in which she is running before a huge wave that threatens to engulf hern watery darkness for ever. And the dreams have been worse since she, her mum and her two younger brothers arrived in Cornwall. Then she discovers the strange curse that was laid upon the cottage years ago, and she's sure vengeful Griffiths has something to do with it. She's seen him, endlessly tying and retying a length of rope, creating the knots that - superstition has it - can conjure storms. Finn knows that she's in mortal danger if she can't find a way to break the curse...

Pirates!

Pirates!

Author: Celia Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2004

When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in eighteenth century West Indies they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives. The first is a slave, forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager. The second is a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well and combine the wealth of two respectable families. But Fate ensures that one night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free. As pirates they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure. Written in brilliant and sparkling first-person narrative, this is a wonderful novel in which Celia Rees has brought the past vividly and intimately to life.

Pirates!

Pirates!

Author: Celia Rees Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2003

When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in eighteenth century West Indies, they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives. The first is a slave, forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager. The second is a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well and combine the wealth of two respectable families. But Fate ensures that one night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free. As pirates, they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure. Written in brilliant and sparkling first-person narrative, this is a wonderful novel in which Celia Rees has brought the past vividly and intimately to life.