The Messengers

by Edward Hogan

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This is an another compelling and thrilling novel for teenagers by the young author of the highly acclaimed Daylight Saving.

The Messengers Synopsis

Perhaps we're here to save a few people. Maybe that's the gift. Fifteen-year-old Frances has been sent down to the coast for a little break. Her brother, Johnny, is out on bail after punching an off-duty policeman, and some shady characters have thrown a brick through the window of their flat. Frances' mum went off to stay with her boyfriend and Frances is sent to Helmstown, to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin Max. Frances befriends Peter Kennedy, a somewhat tramp-like character who lives in a beach hut along the helmstown seafront. As soon as they meet, Peter recognizes that Frances is a messenger, just like him. As messengers, Frances and Peter experience black-outs. Afterwards, when they come round, they have the ability to draw, in minute detail, the scene of an accident. Peter lives with the burden of telling the people in his drawings about the circumstances of their death. He believes that if he doesn't, something bad will happen to his family. While Frances lives in dread of anything happening to her brother Johnny, she begins to think more positively: although she can't change the past, she can change the future, at least for a chosen few.

The Messengers Press Reviews

Ed's voice is utterly distinctive: strong, emotive, haunting. His powers of observation seem almost supernatural. Hilary Mantel


There's a subtle magic to Hogan's prose. Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9781406337181
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406337181
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: Edward Hogan
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage),

About Edward Hogan

Edward Hogan was born in Derby in 1980 and now lives in Brighton. He is a gradulate of the MA Creative Writing course at UEA. His first novel, Blackmoor, won the Desmond Elliot Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Daylight Saving is his first book for teenagers.   AS A CHILD   "I grew up in a small village in Derbyshire. It had a big park, a Co-op, and some woods, and that was all I needed. I spent a lot of time reading, and the rest of ...

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