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The Returners

by Gemma Malley

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Books of the Month - <b>September</b> eBooks of the Month

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February 2010 'new gen' Book of the Month.


The Returners is a gripping and thought-provoking thriller from the author of the equally provocative futuristic novels, The Declaration and The Resistance. What happens when your past catches up with you and you don’t like what you see?  This powerful novel questions how we take responsibility for our actions whilst providing an edge-of-your-seat, adrenalin fuelled read.  Set in an alternate future, the gripping narrative will challenge readers to consider the role we all have to play in making our society, and asks how much we are prepared to stand up for what’s right.


To find out even more about this series click here to visit a site created by the publisher.

Click here to download a document where Gemma talks about the inspriation behind the Declaration series.

The Returners Synopsis

Will Hodge's life is a mess! His mother is dead, he has no friends and he thinks he is being followed by a strange group of people who tell him they know him. But Will can't remember them first. And when he does he doesn't like what he can remember. While Will is struggling with unsettling memories, he learns that his past is a lot deeper than many people's, and he has to find out if he is strong enough to break links with the powerful hold that history has on him. This compelling novel, set in alternate future, challenges readers to consider the role we all have to play in making our society, and asks how much we are prepared to stand up for what's right.

The Returners Press Reviews

Praise for 'The Declaration':


'A well-imagined and endlessly thought-provoking story
Sunday Times

'Gripping, tear-jerkingly moving ... marks the debut of Gemma Malley as a bold new voice'
School Librarian

'Should be on everyone's reading list because it has you clinging on for dear life around every twist and turn'
Sunday Express


Praise for 'The Resistance':


'A thrilling read ... The story is tightly planned with strong characterisation and a great sensitivity to the dynamics of dialogue'



Gemma Malley is a really distinctive voice in the world of children’s books. She brings a powerfully intelligent approach to her stories and never ‘dumbs down’ the complexity of her philosophical and political debates, but she does it in the context of a brilliantly plot driven character focused story which carries the reader along through the narrative in an utterly compelling way.

Her books challenge the reader to think about the world and current issues that face us all, the quest for eternal youth, the overpopulation of our planet, the need for us each to take responsibility for our actions as well as for the actions of the governments we put in place. She allows the reader to explore the story and at the same time really explore their own opinions.

Gemma Malley has created four exceptionally fine novels in the short time she has been writing and I firmly believe that it is only the beginning of her long and stellar career.

Sarah Odedina Publishing Director Bloomsbury Children’s Books

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ISBN: 9781408800904
Publication date: 01/02/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408800904
Publication date: 1st February 2010
Author: Gemma Malley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, eBook Favourites,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Gemma Malley

Gemma Malley studied Philosophy at Reading University before working as a journalist. She edited several business magazines and contributed regularly to publications including Company Magazine and The Sunday Telegraph before moving to the civil service, where she held a senior position within Ofsted, the education and care watchdog.   She is married to Mark, the head master of a preparatory school in North West London. Q & A What are your favourite children's books and why?It's difficult to come up with favourites because different books were important to me at different times — I loved Enid Blyton and CS ...

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