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Nicola Morgan - Author

About the Author

Nicola Morgan has written nearly a hundred books. Her previous titles for Walker include The Teenage Guide to Stress, winner of the School Library Association Award 2015, with both the judges’ and readers’ awards, Blame My Brain, which was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize for Science, and Wasted, which won the Scottish Children's Book Award and other awards and shortlistings. Nicola often speaks in schools and at conferences all over the world about issues concerning teenagers, such as stress and well-being, the reading brain and online life. Nicola also creates original resources for teachers. She is a former dyslexia specialist and is an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland. 

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Featured books by Nicola Morgan

Other books by Nicola Morgan

Mondays are Red

Mondays are Red

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2012

A highly unusual novel about a boy recovering from a coma and dealing with the synaesthesia that confuses and changes him. Power, temptation, guilt and fire - all these Luke must deal with if he and his friends are to survive. This new edition contains extra material from the author.

Wasted

Wasted

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2010

When danger, passion and chance collide...Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack's luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack's game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

Wasted

Wasted

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2010

When danger, passion and chance collide...Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack's luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack's game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

Wasted

Wasted

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2010

When danger, passion and chance collide... Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack's luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack's game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

Deathwatch

Deathwatch

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

A chilling and skilful psychological thriller, from the award-winning author of Fleshmarket and The Highwayman's Footsteps. eBook available. Someone is watching Cat McPherson. Is it a young schizophrenic, a retired scientist, or Cat's ex-boyfriend? Or it could be someone else entirely. An obsession with insects seems to link them all. And Cat hates insects. She's easy prey, especially as she has given away so much about herself on an internet site which her parents have forbidden her to use. But does she even realize that she's being stalked? A talented athlete, she's too busy with the pressures of training and deciding whether she really wants to run for a living. The trouble is, soon she will have to run for her life...

Curses

Curses

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2008

Do you believe in curses? From Tutankhamun's tomb to the Curse of Superman - this is a light-hearted look at how curses work, and why people think they exist. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Blame My Brain

Blame My Brain

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2007

Contrary to popular (parental) opinion, teenagers are not the lazy, unpleasant - frankly, spotty - louts they occasionally appear to be. During the teenage years the brain is undergoing its most radical and fundamental change since the age of two. Nicola Morgan's carefully researched, accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain has chapters dealing with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders, the reasons behind addiction or depression, and what lies ahead.

The Highwayman's Curse

The Highwayman's Curse

Author: Nicola Morgan, Christian Birmingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2007

Dastardly deeds and historical high adventure continue in this thrilling sequel from an award-winning author. On the run from the redcoats, the two young highwaymen, Will and Bess, find themselves in Galloway, Scotland, blamed for a murder they did not commit. Here they are captured by smugglers and become embroiled in a story of hatred and revenge that goes back for generations, to the days of the Killing Times. Whose side will they take? Can anything they do end the cycle of religious hatred? And will their own friendship survive?

The Highwayman's Footsteps

The Highwayman's Footsteps

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2006

Thrilling, historical high adventure from an award-winning author. Young William de Lacey is high born, the son of a gentleman. But he's on the run, having stolen money and a horse, and has taken up with a highwayman. It's enough to hang him three times over. Despite struggling with his conscience, Will feels free for the first time in his life - and it's all down to the mysterious Bess. Now can they survive the risks of the eighteenth-century highwayman's harsh life?

The Passionflower Massacre

The Passionflower Massacre

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2005

Eighteen-year-old Matilda is looking forward to the freedom her summer away from home this year will offer. Freedom from her oppressive parents, freedom from the guilt and anger she feels over her brother's death some years ago. When she arrives at the fruit farm deep in the idyllic Devon countryside, the super-nice people, and Matt, the gorgeous guy she's already bonded with, make it all seem too good to be true. And soon the people who run the farm, the 'lilies' as Matt calls them, are pulling the vulnerable Matilda closer into their group, singling her out for special attention, feeding her delicious cake and tea, seducing her with their loving concern. These people seem to understand her, she can tell them anything and she feels part of something at last. So when they want her to join them in the big house they all live in on the hill, and meet their leader, Peter, she is ready and willing. She doesn't realise that she is dangerously involved in a religious cult, and that she is being brainwashed and drugged in preparation for a mass suicide, planned by the pathologically driven Peter. He's going to burn all of them alive, because he believes it will save their souls for God. Will Matilda escape? What has happened to Matt? Twenty-five years later, Peter is about to be released from prison. Has he been punished enough? Has he been forgiven? An old woman has been visiting him in prison. She has her own ideas of God's will, faith and justice. Who is stronger? Who is right? Who will win?

Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2004

The Citizens of this future world drift contentedly, their every emotion regulated. There is no pain, no suffering, no evil. And no freedom. Just safety and drug-induced happiness. But a small group, known as the Outsiders, crave real emotion, real freedom, even suffering. To them, the power of ideas and language cannot die - it is essential to being human. And they have a plan to change society. For years, a group of 'special' young people have been raised to have the strength and knowledge to overthrow the system. Now, when a deadly virus strikes, four of these teenagers, Livia, Cassandra, Marcus and Tavius must act quickly to infiltrate the sinister headquarters of the Governators and corrupt the system. But their plan carries enormous risk. Can they discover the chilling secret behind this saccharine dystopia? Are they really only 'handfuls of dust and splinters of bone'?

Fleshmarket

Fleshmarket

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2003

It is Edinburgh, 1822, and young Robbie is eight years old when he witnesses his mother's pain and subsequent death from an operation - without anaesthetic - to remove a tumour from her breast at the hands of Dr Knox. Haunted by this terrible event, Robbie, his hapless father and baby sister Essie attempt to move on with their lives. But when Robbie's father loses all their money and disappears, Robbie is left to look after himself and his sister in the Edinburgh slums. Somehow he falls in with Burke and Hare, the two men whom Knox employs to 'collect' bodies for medical research. Robbie sees a way to avenge his mother's death. Convincing himself that Knox is having people killed for him to experiment on, Robbie eventually confronts him. But Robbie comes to realise that for all his hard-heartedness and corrupt methods, Knox's motives are ultimately for the good: to improve surgical conditions, and operate on patients with the greatest speed and therefore minimum risk. Robbie eventually trains to be a surgeon, finally giving meaning to his mother's tragic death.

Mondays Are Red

Mondays Are Red

Author: Nicola Morgan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2002

Mondays are red. Sadness has an empty blue smell. And music can taste of anything from banana puree to bat's pee. That's what I need to explain, starting with the day it all began, the day I woke up in a hospital bed with a kaleidoscope in my head...' Join Luke in his odyssey to regain his health after a devasting bout of Meningitis, and to understand and accept its mysterious legacy -synesthesia. As the author writes: 'No two people experience their synaesthesia in exactly the same way. For some it simply means that when they think of a day of the week, they are bombarded with sensations of a particular colour ... For others, life is a kaleidoscope of mixed sensations ... people with synesthesia can open up the endless world of human imagination and that, I think is the most amazing world of all.