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Lucy Christopher was just 25 years old when she came to prominence with her debut novel Stolen, which garnered international critical acclaim. It won the Branford Boase Award 2010 and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the UK. Overseas, it was awarded a Gold Inky and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Literary Award in Australia, and received a Printz Honor in the USA. It has now sold a quarter of a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 16 languages. Her second novel, Flyaway, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award. Inspired by her fascination with wild places and the teen psyche, The Killing Woods is Christopher’s third novel.
Born in Wales but having grown up in Australia, Christopher later returned to the UK and currently lives on the edge of the woods in Monmouthshire. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and lectures in writing for children and young adults at Bath Spa University.
The stakes are very high in this tragically dark teen novel by award-winning Lucy Christopher. When a young girl is found dead in the woods it is easy to blame the local war veteran who is still suffering from mind-changing flashbacks. But his daughter Emily is sure of his innocence. Determined to prove it Emily probes behind the scenes. Talking with the dead girl’s boyfriend Emily discovers the terrible game that she and her friends played. It’s a game so dangerous that can end in death. Lucy Christopher pulls no punches in this chilling story about teenagers and the risks they take. A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher, The Killing Woods is an emotionally charged, beautifully told story about the loss of innocence and the tangled games that teenagers play. It’s a book that award-winning author Lucy Christopher was driven to write – bringing together, in one gripping narrative, her intuitive understanding of teen attraction and the tipping points between love, sex and danger. It has been a fascinating process: watching Lucy battle with her deeply-felt themes, shifting the points of view within, and even the setting of, the novel, and then hitting her stride.What happened to the girl found dead in the woods? Who are the real victims in the story? Where is the truth? The answer is an extraordinary exploration of both the dark side of being human and the nature of collective responsibility. It’s a tour de force. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Killing Woods a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'An intricate plot keeps readers enthralled and mystified, emotional and empathetic...A wonderful book recommended for all.' Scroll down to read more reviews...
‘Stolen is a wonderfully accomplished first novel. Sure-footed and without a word wasted Lucy has created a fantastic sense of place. Intense, vivid and very cleverly told Stolen is a worthy winner.' Stolen was the winner of the Branford Boase Award 2010. Lovereading comment: The lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, can blur until they don’t exist – almost. Stolen is a love story like no other you will read. Every dark manifestation of infatuation, madness, obsession, dependency, desire and need is explored here. But in this sensitive and intelligent debut we find also kindness, altruism, self sacrifice, true friendship, forgiveness, understanding - and a surprising ending that feels just right. ------------------------------------------------- In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Stolen a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This book literally blew me away, right to the Australian outback where Gemma was taken.' Scroll down to read more reviews... A Piece of Passion from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham This book scares me. It’s threatening, challenging and controversial. And that’s just the kidnap. It’s a thriller, a survival story, and the ultimate expression of the relationship between a damaged boy and a girl, played out under the most extreme conditions. You must read it. It’s a most astonishing debut...
This controversial debut is a moving drama about kidnapping, isolation and survival and an extraordinary psychological thriller that will steal the minds of those who read it. Sensitive, intelligent and gripping, Stolen is a contemporary story which will force the reader to question the truth about infatuation, in all its forms and the issues surrounding Stockholm Syndrome.
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2010.Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "Fresh, believable and deeply moving. We just loved this story." Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Award 2010.Tender and touching, this is a delicate story about facing up to difficulties and finding a way through. When Isla’s father develops a serious heart condition he can no longer take her to see the swans on the lake. Instead Isla follows the swans and finds one whose behaviour is different from all of the others; different, strange and magical. Can she and the swan make the difference that is needed not only for her father but also for Harry, the boy with cancer whom she befriends in the hospital. This is Lucy’s second novel, her first was Stolen, a superb novel for teens. Flyaway is aimed at a younger audience of 9+.