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Something in the Air by Jan Mark


Something in the Air by Jan Mark

Peggy is a fifteen-year-old rather at odds with the world around her. Her older sister berates her constantly for being messy. Her teachers reprimand her for being unladylike. Her best friend has stopped talking to her, because she was so shocked when Peggy explained the facts of life to her. And now, she's got the strangest sounds reverberating through her head. Could they really be voices from another world, as her auntie thinks? Or is there a simpler explanation at hand? A moving, fascinating and superbly written novel of family life in the 1920s.


The setting, the atmosphere and the fine detail of post-war family life is finely judged . . . Hope bubbles up with wry humour and affection -- Jan Lee * Oxford Times * Anyone with an annoyingly bossy older sister will like Something in the Air -- Orna Mulcahy * Irish Times * Jan Mark is a very good author and I will look for other books by her to read in the future -- Nerissa Taverner * Books for Keeps *

About the Author

Jan Mark was born in Welwyn, Herts in 1943. She grew up in Ashford, Kent and attended Canterbury College of Art. She taught in a secondary school in Gravesend for six years, before becoming a full-time writer. Her book THEY DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY THERE was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Whitbread Children's Award. She has won the Carnegie Medal twice, for THUNDER AND LIGHTNINGS and HANDLES.

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Publication date

10th September 2009


Jan Mark

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Definitions an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK


208 pages


Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)



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