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Sandra Glover was born in Manchester in 1953. She took a History degree at the University of Lancaster and then did her teacher training in York. She was Head of the History Department at a Comprehensive School in Luton.
When she was little her favourite books were the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis and Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Her favourite places were anywhere historical.
She is married and has three children, two boys and a girl. She now lives in Cumbria. Her interests include books, theatre, film, history, cooking and animals.
The Nowhere Boy was her first children’s novel and was published by Andersen in October 1997. It was shortlisted for the 1999 Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year Award.
Sandra Glover’s second book Breaking the Rules was published by Andersen in 1998 and her third book, The Girl Who Knew, published May 2000, were also shortlisted for the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year Award. Her first novel for younger readers was e-(t)mail (2002), followed by The Foxcroft Files (2003) and My Spooky Sister (2004). Her most recent novel for younger readers is Message from Mia (2007), which was shortlisted for the Nottingham Brilliant Book Award 2007 and the RED Book Award (Falkirk) 2008.
Sandra’s teenage novels include Face to Face (2001), Crazy Games (2002), Can You Keep a Secret? (2002), You (2003), Spiked (2005), It Didn’t Happen (2005), Don’t Tell (2006) and Dangerously Close (2008).
Part detective story, part gripping psychological drama, this is a fast-paced read with a convincing set of characters and an original storyline featuring one girl with two identities but which one is real?
Anna loves her new home, but if there's one thing she doesn't like, it's the scary basement her step-brother, Hal, lives in. Hal is a genius, and one day Anna discovers the top secret special project he's been working on: an enormous hairy spider called Tula! Anna is absolutely terrified - can she ever learn to live with a ginormous monster tarantula lurking in the house? Illustrated beautifully throughout by Kate Grove Perfect for readers of 7+
'It was too late to move. He'd almost reached her. It was like that moment that's supposed to happen just before you die, when everything comes rushing back, your life flashing before you. Only this wasn't her whole life, just the worst part.' The music pulses, lights flash and raised voices echo in Hannah's head. Her parents are away and her impromptu house-party has got completely out-of-hand. But when Hannah wakes up the next morning with her head throbbing and the house wrecked, she realises these are the least of her problems. From the fallout of the party emerges an accusation of rape that tears friends apart, divides opinion and shatters lives.
Three girls, Cate, Jessica and Louise, have different personalities and are from opposite ends of Britain, yet have more in common than they can possibly imagine. Could Louise's strange annual appointments with Dr Jay have something to do with it? Is what Jessica once saw at the Science Museum the key? Or perhaps Cate's own unusual family is the critical clue? As the secrets start to emerge and the puzzle unravels, the girls each have to face the devastating truth in their own unique ways. Set in the near future this intriguing book explores the all too human results of a scientific experiment that confronts the deepest and darkest taboos.
'Everything, as far as Dee could tell, was a laugh to Hazel and Abbie. They were just the kind of friends she needed.' When Dee's traumatised family start a new life, she is relieved to find two uncomplicated, fun-loving friends. But with the onset of problems for one, and a controlling boyfriend influencing the other, Dee notices frightening parallels with her own troubles. Is she seeing things clearly, though? And will her efforts to help mean revealing family secrets? Secrets they so desperately want to keep hidden.
The last thing Brad wants to encourage is the friendship of Colford Rattersby, a strange boy who talks to statues and who seems to live in a fantasy world because the real one is so awful. But, despite having plenty of problems of his own, not least his relationship with fiery Stacey, Brad gets drawn into Colford's increasingly bizarre behaviour and the games which are starting to drift from harmless fantasy towards dangerous reality . . .
'I'm not in control.' Adelle whispered . . . Convinced she is fat, Adelle hates looking in mirrors, hates seeing her podgy reflection. But when she unpacks the beautiful antique mirror her gran left her six painful months earlier, it becomes much, much worse. For now Adelle can see a pale, alien face staring back at her - like a trapped ghost. Can new friend Naomi help? Naomi is worried about Adelle, especially about her weight. But when Adelle finally begins to talk, Naomi can hardly believe what she is hearing . . .
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