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Cat Clarke is the bestselling, award-winning author of six YA novels. She was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, two ninja cats and two decidedly non-ninja cocker spaniels.
In a Nutshell: School life, suspense, and stepping from the shadows of grief and guilt An emotionally-charged, edge-of-your-seat thriller in which a young woman experiences a rollercoaster ride of guilt, grief and complex friendships. Twin sisters Harper and Jenna had always wanted to go to boarding school like the St Clare’s twins, and Harper gets to do just that when her dad wins big on a work lottery syndicate. But, far from fulfilling a lifelong dream, Harper wants to go to Duncraggan Academy to escape the guilt she feels for her sister’s anorexia-related death. While secretly grappling with this, she makes great friends, and then new girl Kirsty is invited into their peer group. She and Harper bond when Kirsty confides that she’s also lost a sister, but things get way out of control when Kirsty becomes Harper-obsessed and claustrophobically clingy. Tension builds to a jaw-dropping crescendo as truths are revealed, loyalties are tested, and a whole lot of understanding is needed. Gripping and gratifyingly multi-layered, fans of thrillers with emotional depth will find much to love here. ~ Joanne Owen
Interest Age teen Reading Age 8 A poignant, powerful story for teens about growing up and coming out that is realistically and frankly portrayed by acclaimed YA novelist Cat Clarke. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 14+
Cat Clarke evokes just how it feels to be seventeen and not in control of life, in this gripping novel of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction.
When Agnes made a promise to her girlfriend Ellie, she thought they would be together forever. One year later, Agnes is keeping that promise and it's put her in a situation she never could have predicted; climbing a desolate mountain, in miserable weather, with Ellie and her new boyfriend Steve. But when the weather takes a threatening turn and the sky-high tension between the trio hits its peak, Agnes will have to push herself further than she ever thought was possible...A gripping and moving story of love, loss and finding yourself from an award-winning YA author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 14+
'Hard-hitting, heartbreaking and hopeful, We Are Young is a must read.' SARAH CROSSAN It starts with a wedding. And a car crash. On the same night Evan's mother marries local radio DJ 'Breakfast Tim', Evan's brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash. A media storm erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at loner stoner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn't buying it. With the help of her journalist dad, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night. As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family - and the community - apart. Raw and riveting, heartbreaking and hopeful: an unforgettable story from the author of Girlhood.
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson. Can love survive the ultimate betrayal? A compelling story of love and identity from a bestselling author. When Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant. Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy - everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend. Alex can't help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive... But one of them is hiding an unbelievable secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives...
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson. They didn't mean to kill her...now the guilt will tear them apart Alice King isn't expecting the holiday of her dreams when she sets off on a trip to the wilderness with her mates. But when her best friend Cass decides to teach mean girl Tara a lesson, Alice finds herself in a nightmare she can't escape. Now Alice is the guardian of a secret too horrific to tell; and a secret too terrible to keep. A secret that will change all of their lives for ever...
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson. SHE WAS LOST... When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Faith's childhood was dominated by Laurel's disappearance - from her parents' broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister. NOW SHE IS FOUND... Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans' old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that's lost can be found again...
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson. Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she's learning to live with it. Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online ... and he kills himself. Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down. A searing story of love, revenge and betrayal from a bestselling author.
"e;My name is Liv (Not Olivia) ... I'm not technically a girl."e;I'm transgender. Which is a bit like being a transformer. Only not quite as cool because I probably won't get to save the world one day."e;Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy, but with his new school's terrible dress code, he can't even wear pants. Only skirts.Operation Pants Project begins! The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn't just a mission to change the policy-it's a mission to change his life. And that's a pretty big deal.
Fans of Lucy Christopher'sStolen,Caroline B. Cooney'sThe Face on the Milk Carton,and Natasha Preston'sThe Cellarwill be captivated by this twisty psychological thriller about an abducted girl who finally returns home to her familybut is she really who she claims to be? THE LOST When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Since then, Faith's childhood has revolved around her sister's disappearancefrom her parents' broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever want to talk about her missing sister. THE FOUND Now, thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the front yard of the Logans' old house, disoriented and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Can her sister finally be back? Faith always dreamed of her sister coming home; she just never believed it would happen. But soon a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated from her family and paranoid about her sister's motives. Before long, Faith begins to wonder if it's the abduction that's changed her sister, or if it's something else. . . . ';An intriguing story from start to finish.' Kirkus Reviews ';Clarke's true success lies in crafting a realistic and haunting story of two young women who redefine what it means to be sisters.' PW ';This mystery will have wide appeal and keep teens riveted.' SLJ ';A compelling story with sympathetic and credible characters.'The Bulletin
Vor 13 Jahren verschwand meine Schwester. Jetzt ist sie wieder da. Nichts ist, wie es war. Falsche Schwestern von Cat Clarke ist ein psychologischer Spannungsroman, der unter die Haut geht.Stell dir vor, du hast deine Schwester verloren. Kidnapping. Seit der Entfuhrung vergehen deine Eltern vor Kummer. Das Loch, das deine Schwester in der Familie hinterlassen hat, ist immer schmerzhaft prasent. Alles fallt auseinander.Stell dir vor, deine Schwester taucht plotzlich wieder auf. 13 Jahre spater! Bei deinen Eltern ist die Freude riesig. Alle scheinen glucklich, aber sie drangt sich so in den Mittelpunkt, dass fur dich kein Platz mehr in der Familie ist. Sogar deinen Freund spannt sie dir aus.Doch dann passiert etwas, das alles verandert.Faith kennt ihre Schwester Laurel eigentlich nur von einem Foto. Ein lachelndes sechsjahriges Madchen, das eines Tages spurlos aus dem Garten verschwand. Fur Faith Familie beginnt ein Albtraum: Angst, Kummer, Pressekonferenzen, groangelegte Polizeisuche und Paparazzi. Doch dann, mehr als 13 Jahre spater kommt ein Anruf. Eine junge Frau ist aufgetaucht. Und sie hat Laurels Teddy im Arm. Die Familie kann ihr Gluck kaum fassen: Endlich hat Faith ihre groe Schwester zuruck. Dann aber schlagt ihre Freude um. Irgendetwas fuhlt sich verdammt falsch an ... In Faith wachst ein schrecklicher Verdacht. Jeder erinnert sich an den Fall Natascha Kampusch. Falsche Schwestern ist in packender Was-ware-wenn-Roman uber eine Entfuhrung, bei der das Madchen nach 13 Jahren zuruckkehrt. Das Drama was sich in der Familie und zwischen den Geschwistern anbahnt, ist aufwuhlend und hochst beruhrend.
"e;Du hast Jack nicht verdient. Du hast es nicht verdient, ruhig zu schlafen. Du hast es nicht verdient zu leben."e; Als die sechzehnjahrige Tara bei einer Klassenfahrt nach Schottland spurlos verschwindet, spricht jeder von einem furchtbaren Unfall. Alice kennt jedoch die Wahrheit und wurde die verhangnisvolle Nacht nur zu gerne aus ihrem Leben streichen. Was einmal als harmloser Streich begonnen hatte, entwickelt sich mehr und mehr zu einem wahren Albtraum. Immer wieder qulen Alice die Gedanken an den Tod ihrer ehemaligen Freundin. Als sie Taras Bruder Jack wiedertrifft, wird sie erneut mit der Vergangenheit konfrontiert. Ausgerechnet jetzt scheint Jack ihre Nhe zu suchen und sie bekommt ihn nicht mehr aus dem Kopf. Wie wrde er nur reagieren, wenn er wsste, was in jener Nacht wirklich passiert ist? Pltzlich geschieht ein weiteres Unglck. Alice vermutet, dass sie noch nicht alles ber die schreckliche Nacht herausgefunden hat und macht eine Entdeckung, die alles verndert...