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Rebel Heart by Moira Young
  

Rebel Heart

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Danger. Betrayal. Destiny. Passion - all fans of The Hunger Games will love prize-winning Moira Young’s sequel to Blood Red Road, last year's prestigious Costa Book Award winner. Set in a world in which all the normal rules have already been broken, Saba appears to be as hard as her nickname, 'the Angel of Death'. But is she? Saba has a new and powerful enemy and she’ll need all the support she can get to keep one step ahead.

August 2012 MEGA New Gen Book of the Month.

For all those that have yet to read Moira's debut Blood Red Road, here is a piece of passion from Marion Lloyd, publisher of Marion Lloyd Books on reading the prequel to Rebel Heart:

“Every publisher dreams of reading the first page of a new submission and instantly knowing they’ve found something special. I felt that electric shock with Blood Red Road. Moira Young’s searing, soaring survival story is arresting from the very first line. It is written in a compelling but very accessible dialect with an extremely distinctive authorial voice. The scope of the plot is epic and the pace is fierce, with unexpected twists. It is incredibly original. I am immensely proud to be publishing Moira Young’s astonishing debut novel which will set the summer of 2011 alight.”

She adds: "Moira Young is a new writer of phenomenally powerful skills. To have the Costa judges crown her first novel as the winner of the children’s book award is simply fabulous.”

How right she was for Blood Red Road went on to win the prestigious Costa Children's Novel of the Year Award in 2011. She has equally high hopes for Rebel Heart.

Synopsis

Rebel Heart by Moira Young

Saba has rescued her kidnapped brother and defeated the fanatical Tonton. But the price to be paid for her violent victory is terrible. Jack has disappeared - and can no longer be trusted. A new and formidable enemy is on the rise in the dustlands. No one is safe. And Saba must confront the terrible secret hidden in the darkest depths of her soul.

Reviews

Praise for Blood Red Road:

“An astonishing debut novel which had us all hooked from the beginning to the unpredictable end.” The Costa Children's Book Award judges

‘Outstanding… think The Hunger Games meets The Road.’ - Bookseller

‘I absolutely loved reading Blood Red Road… I can't imagine a single reader that won't fall in love with Nero, the perspicacious crow.… Blood Red Road is going to win more than a few followers. And it will deserve them.’ - The Book Bag

‘Saba is a fantastically written character, she's a strong feisty heroine, with bags of guts and self determination which sees her through this non-stop rumble of hardship and adventure.’ - Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books

Blood Red Road is a fast-paced story filled with adventure, excitement, furious violence and a lustful romance. Young’s writing reminded me a little of Tod’s voice in The Knife of Never Letting Go, and the strong feisty female character reminded me of Katniss from The Hunger Games. Definitely worth a read!’ - Chicklish

‘Saba tells us that she “aint’t afeared of nuthin”, which is lucky, because she faces a fight for survival from the very beginning… Blood Red Road has been compared to The Hunger Games and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It also reminds me Russell Hoban’s Ridley Walker, although the distinctive dialect in which Young writes is much more accessible. Blood Red Road is inventive, intriguing, exciting and definitely worth a read.’ - LitBlog

About the Author

Moira Young

Moira Young was born in New Westminster, BC, on the west coast of Canada, to a business man father and a primary teacher mother. She has two younger sisters and all her immediate and extended family live in the Vancouver area.

Moira graduated from high school in Winnipeg, and from University of British Columbia with a history degree. She moved to the UK to attend The Drama Studio in 1983/4. She gained her Equity card performing with Fancy Goods on the alternative comedy circuit in the mid-80s when highlights included being pelted with fruit and vegetables by the audience at the infamous Tunnel Club and being hissed off the stage at the Lewisham Labour Club... She became a tap-dancing chorus girl in London’s West End, appearing in High Society at the Victoria Palace directed by Richard Eyre.

From 1988 – 1992, Moira lived back in Vancouver, where she retrained as an opera singer and was winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, Western Canada in 1991. In 1992, she moved back to the UK to continue vocal studies and work in opera, where she sang in most London venues and also toured in the UK and France with Travelling Opera. Her solo concerts include St Martin’s-in-the-Fields and the National Portrait Gallery.

Moira’s first ambition was always to be a writer. She wrote her first book aged 9 entitled ‘The Heirloom Mystery’. Shortly after that, she was bitten by the theatre bug and didn’t take up writing again until 2003 when she enrolled on Elizabeth Hawkins’ Writing for Children course and workshop at the City Lit (2003-2005). She hasn’t stopped writing since. Moira now lives in Bath with her husband.

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Publication date

2nd August 2012

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Moira Young

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Publisher

Marion Lloyd Books an imprint of Scholastic

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781407181165

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