When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question â€“ why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager â€“ unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as...
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
The dead of Crowsmoor are light sleepers.
Some say they sleep with one eye open, keeping watch over the restless ones.
When Beth Trevithick is sent as parish priest to the isolated and scattered community of Crowsmoor, in the middle of bleak Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, she finds a community entrenched in fear and superstition and belief in an ancient curse born of dark magic.
She gets unexpected help in the form of Mike Travis, ex RAF helicopter pilot medically discharged...
Jane Madison has a problem. Or two. Or three. Sheâ€™s working as a librarian, trapped in absurd period costumes and serving up expensive lattes in an effort to keep her employerâ€™s budget in the black. She has a desperate crush on her Imaginary Boyfriend, a professor who uses her library. Her doting grandmother is determined to reunite her with her long-absent mother. And now sheâ€™s been told she isnâ€™t getting a well-deserved raiseâ€”instead, she can live for free in an ancient, dusty...
Ben Anderson goes to bed Sunday night, lying next to his wife in the comfort and safety of their Pennsylvania family home, to wake up the next day in a rundown motel in California -- alone.
He doesn't know how he got there, he doesn't know where his family is, and written in dried blood on the bathroom door are the words, 'Let the game begin.'
Soon Ben is contacted by Simon. Simon knows all there is to know about Ben, more than he cares to remember himself.
On Christmas morning 1963 fifteen-year-old Kitty Doherty gives birth in a hostile Irish convent. Kitty knows her beautiful baby boy presents a huge danger to her family's Catholic community back in Liverpool's Four Streets.
When her baby is adopted by a wealthy family in Chicago, Kitty considers the problem solved. But soon it's obvious the baby is very sick and only his birth mother can save him.
In Liverpool, things have begun to settle down. A charismatic new priest...
When a mysterious curse threatens to transform everyone into shadowy demons, a magical eleven year-old girl must travel to a sunken city ruinâ€”fighting pirates, monsters, and an undead sorcerer along the wayâ€”to find a weapon that can save her world.
Winner of the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for best pre-teen ebook.
Enticed by advertisements for a newly restored palatial hotel and filled with visions of a life of leisure, good weather and mango juice in their gin, a group of very different people leave England to begin a new life in India. On arrival they are dismayed to find the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff more than a little eccentric, and the days of the Raj long gone. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances.
Kolymsky Heights. A Siberian permafrost hell lost in endless night, the perfect setting for an underground Russian research station. It's a place so secret it doesn't officially exist; once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate, he sends a plea across the wildness to the West in order to summon the one man alive capable of achieving the impossible...
"We need to discover what the twins have. Before it's too late."
With a black witch hard on their heels, Caleb and Rose embark on a race against time to escape the heart of the Amazon and make it back to The Shade.
Little do they know how much more hangs in the balance than their own survival...
Itâ€™s peaceful. Apart from the drip-drip-drip of the tap but that brings its own kind of peace.
My duck, a childhood toy, sits on the edge of the bath. I try to avoid its judgmental stare.
A candle burns in the corner, its flame ever-nearing the water which pinks my skin and cleanses.
I close my eyes and control my breathing. In-out. In-out. In-out. Itâ€™s hard. Itâ€™s not for me.
Iâ€™m making the right decision. No one else thinks this, Iâ€™m sure, but itâ€™s my decision to make.
Water. Mouth. Eyes. Candle. Out. Water. Throat. Water. Water.