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by Simon Packham

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults

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No Facebook, no phone, no music, no makeup, no shampoo! Jess’s life is turned upside down when her mum drags the family off to a remote island in Scotland when things go badly wrong for dad at work. Jess, her older sister Millie and Mum are soon living a back-to-nature life with a bunch of odd balls and no contact with the outside world. How on earth will they survive? And why are they there? While Millie seems to be falling apart and mum is locked in her own misery, Jess begins to make friends with the other teenagers and to discover that they are not all as cut off as it seems! Together with her new friends, Jess sets about getting her life back on track. Jess’s sharp observations make this hugely entertaining as well as raising interesting questions about current teenage life!

Firewallers Synopsis

Jess returns from a nightmare day at school to find her dad’s been suspended from
work and gone into hiding. To escape the slobbering newshounds all eager for the full story, Mum drags Jess and her sister off to a remote Scottish island. Modern technology’s forbidden, and there’s only a bunch of teenage uber geeks for company.

Without Facebook or even her mobile, Jess feels totally disconnected from everybody back home. And why are they there anyway? What are they really running away from?

Firewallers Press Reviews

‘Simon Packham gives us yet another excellent contemporary teen novel, complete with one of the best narrators for ages.’ The Bookbag


Praise for Silenced:

“Brilliant … fantastically well-observed, true-to-life and really, really funny.” - Chicklish

“Moving, poignant and perceptive … Packham gets right inside the mind of a boy who is almost literally crippled by guilt and regret.” - The Independent


Praise for The Bex Factor:

“Fun and thought provoking.” – National Literacy Association 

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ISBN: 9781848123076
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Publisher: Piccadilly Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848123076
Publication date: 3rd May 2013
Author: Simon Packham
Publisher: Piccadilly Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,
Categories: Thrillers (Children's / Teenage),

About Simon Packham

A Q&A with Simon.. What inspires your writing?  A need to try and make some sense of the world. My  children. What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?  Seeing my first review in The Observer (totally unexpected – and good by the way), and having my work translated into other languages. How did you first become an author?  I’d taken a break from acting to be a ‘househusband’ and look after our two small children. I’d always written since I was about 9 years ...

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