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Jane McLoughlin is an American who has lived in the UK for over 20 years. She teaches English in a secondary school and "At Yellow Lake" is her first novel. It was nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Award, longlisted for the 2013 Branford Boase Award and shortlisted for the 2014 Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Awards.
Maddy Deeprose sees dead people: ghosts accompany her wherever she goes. Her mother has always warned her to keep this secret, but when Maddy starts at Crowham Martyrs School, her sixth sense seems to call up something evil and truly terrifying and Maddy can’t keep quiet any longer. Definitely in the category of ‘books to read with the lights on’, this is a thrilling supernatural page turner. McLoughlin builds the suspense with every chapter, while Maddy is a classic teen heroine: brave, troubled, isolated. Drawing on real events from the 16th century, this is a sophisticated piece of horror fiction for those brave enough to read it! ~ Andrea Reece
The Unfriended is an epic coming of age novel about a generation of women, played out in Ireland, where what happens during and after the Troubles becomes a metaphor for the women's struggle to make peace with one another. Set in the Swinging Sixties, theirs was the first generation free to claim womanhood as anything they wanted it to be. The novel follows the four women through the highs and lows of interwoven later lives until they discover that only by redefining the terms of female friendship can they take their place in the history they all helped to create.
Etta, Peter and Jonah all find themselves at a cabin by the shore of Yellow Lake, and flung together in the terrifying series of events that follows. Jonah has come to Yellow Lake to try to get in touch with his Ojibwe roots. Peter is there to bury a lock of his mother's hair - her final request. Etta is on the run from her mother's creepy boyfriend, Kyle, and his dodgy friends. But as the three take shelter in the cabin, finding surprising solace in each other's company, they soon realise that they have inadvertently stumbled onto the scene of a horrifying crime, and Kyle and his cronies have no intention of letting them escape. A sparkling debut from new teen author, Jane McLoughlin, At Yellow Lake will keep readers gripped until the final page. A page turning story which oozes menace. A fantastic debut and a treat for Young Adult readers. Anne Cassidy, award-winning author of Looking for JJ
McLoughlin proposes that the combination of marginalization of men under Margaret Thatcher, and Tony Blair's actions of making government part of popular culture, made women the dominant political force in our society. Yet by the very nature of the popular culture that empowered them - trivial, emotional and irrational - women have brought about change in crucial aspects of our society which now threaten the democratic system itself.
Two sisters cause an event so terrible it will destroy their love for each other and haunt their lives ever afterwards. Then, after years of silence, they return to help their father grieve their mother's death. There, at the family farm, the final terrible dance of the sisters' rivalry and envy will be performed.