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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+.
In our old house, Ma told me there was nothing to be scared of. No monsters hiding behind doors, or in wardrobes, or under beds. She said there were no dark places at all. But in the new house, under my new bed, that's where I found Shadow.
A chilling collection of three novellas from YA authors Lucy Christopher, Kat Ellis and Rhian Ivory. Three Strikes is a collection of three novellas from three star YA authors: 'The Darkness' by Lucy Christopher: Everyone has disappeared. Ebony writes by candlelight. Is she the only one left? Then she spots a red light blinking at her from the darkness. A camera? 'The Twins of Blackfin' by Kat Ellis is a prequel to the popular Blackfin Sky. Every evening Bo visits her best friend Sky's grave. One night she hears a girl's voice. Following it leads her to a journal and a crypt. 'Matchstick Girl' by Rhian Ivory is a modern YA retelling of The Little Match Girl. Out busking, runaway Nia is mugged and left badly hurt in a tunnel. All she has is three matches, and she starts seeing pictures in the light... A story of grief, love and music. i?1/4i?1/4i?1/4
Moss has lived with her pa on a remote island for as long as she remembers. The Old World has disappeared beneath the waves - only Pa's magic, harnessing the wondrous stormflowers on the island, can save the sunken continents. But a storm is brewing, promising cataclysmic changes. Soon, two strange boys wash up on the shore. As the clouds swell and the ocean churns, Moss learns to open her eyes to the truth about her isolated world ...
While visiting her father in hospital, 13-year-old Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him. Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry's window. Isla believes that if she can help the swan, she can help Harry. And in doing so, she embarks upon a magical journey of her own .
Das kann nicht sein! Niemals hat Emilys Vater das Madchen umgebracht, auch wenn alles gegen ihn spricht. Emily ist von seiner Unschuld uberzeugt, aber sie wei nicht, was wirklich im Wald passiert ist. Der Wald, in dem ihr Vater die tote Ashlee gefunden hat. Der Wald, in dem es dunkle Pfade und verbotene Spiele gibt. Der Wald, in dem Damon sich plotzlich mit ihr treffen will, obwohl er sie bisher keines Blickes gewurdigt hat. Emily muss vorsichtig sein, denn Damon war Ashlees Freund. Vielleicht will er sich rachen. Vielleicht ist da aber auch tatsachlich etwas - zwischen ihm und ihr. Und vielleicht kann Emily sogar herausfinden, was wirklich geschehen ist.
Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest-from the author of the Printz Honor Book Stolen comes the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark. Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's broken body. "e;Gone,"e; he says, then retreats into silence. What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent-isn't he? Before he's convicted, she's got to uncover the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her ... the kinds of games that can kill?
Jedes Jahr warten wir auf sie. Sie kommen, wenn es kalt wird. Papa sagt, sie kundigen Wundervolles an. Wir stehen ganz fruh auf und beobachten, wie sie uber dem See kreisen, im Wasser landen und dann weiterziehen. Sie sind so schon und stolz - und auch ein bisschen unheimlich. Aber in diesem Jahr ist gar nichts wundervoll. Papa muss ins Krankenhaus, weil er was Schlimmes am Herzen hat. Und ein einzelner Schwan bleibt einfach auf dem See zuruck, ganz allein. Irgendwas stimmt nicht mit ihm, so wie bei Papa. Wenn ich es schaffe, dass der Schwan wieder fliegt und seine Familie findet, vielleicht wird Papa dann ja wieder gesund ...
Du hast mich zuerst gesehen. Auf dem Flughafen, an jenem Tag im August. Dein intensiver Blick, noch nie hat mich jemand so angeschaut. Ich hab dir vertraut. Dann hast du mich entfuhrt. Raus aus meinem Leben, weg von allem, was ich kannte. Hinein ins Nirgendwo, in Sand und Hitze und Dreck und Gefahr. Du hast geglaubt, dass ich mich in dich verliebe. Und dort im Nirgendwo, in Sand und Hitze und Dreck und Gefahr, hab ich mich in dich verliebt. Doch ich wunschte, ich konnte dich hassen. Die Geschichte einer Entfhrung - sensibel, verstrend, dramatisch.
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist \- almost.