NO MAN’S LAND
When he was orphaned two years ago, Tom’s life changed dramatically. Taken in by friends of his parents who live on a diving boat, he goes from one port to another, never settling anywhere long enough to put down roots. Two years on, this feeling of rootlessness is beginning to adversely affect his ability to form relationships, even threatening to break the bond between himself and his guardians.
We meet up with them now as they sail into a new port and with business looking good they decide to stay put for a while. Tom is entered into the local international school, where he is surprised to meet up with an old friend. Through this acquaintance he is drawn, somewhat reluctantly, into a group of young people who are all misfits in some way, only able to come together as friends by nature of the fact that they are hundreds of miles from home.
In particular Tom is captivated by the American girl, Penny Carpenter. But just as their friendship starts to develop, a cyclone hits the coast, threatening to destroy everything in its path. As the school is closed and hundreds flee the port for the safety inland, Tom and his family make the decision to ride out the storm on the boat alone. Whether he will lose everything again is something that no one can know for sure.
Publication details: release date April 2015; e-book
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A LEATHER JACKET
Maddie Finch is fifteen but sometimes she wishes she were older. And wiser too. Like some of the other girls in her class, especially when it comes to the opposite sex.
To make up for what she thinks of as her half-lived existence, she writes stories onto her computer that are far more exciting and dangerous than her own quite ordinary life. That is, until, one evening when these two very different worlds become forever intertwined. Maddie meets a man she knows nothing about but, determined to write her own love story, she allows herself to get involved in his shady adult world and ends up doing something that goes against everything she knows is right.
At the end of it Maddie realises that you can’t rush growing up, that there are things she doesn’t want to know about, isn’t ready to see, and that life is not always like it is in her stories! Will it break her? Or can she still believe in happy endings after all? There’s only one way to find out, and that is to read on!
Publication details: release date October 2013; e-book
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From: Briony Newman
‘Hello everyone. I’ve read your messages before but never actually posted one myself – until now. The problem is my stepfather. He beats my mother. I’m scared for Mum because she never seems to learn. But then I get angry – because I don’t want to spend my whole life looking out for her.’
Briony needs help, but who can she turn to? Her older brother doesn’t seem to care anymore and her friends are too busy sorting out their social lives to notice. Every time Briony tries to protect her mum she just seems to make things worse. One thing’s for certain – she has to do something. Her stepfather Colin is becoming more violent and Briony is terrified that one day he will go too far. But can she convince her mum to leave? And just how long can she keep her home life a secret?
Publication details: Livewire Books, The Women’s Press Ltd. 2002
ISBN: 0 7043 49779
In trouble at home and at school, fifteen-year-old Mohan feels confused and rejected. When his parents decide that their two younger children should ‘go home’ to India to be educated, Mohan is painfully aware that they don’t want his brothers to grow up like him.
Left to fend for himself, his feelings of anger and self-pity boil over, leading him into deeper and deeper trouble.
Publication details: Simon & Schuster, 1988
ISBN: 0 671 69933 4