Melvin Burgess had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk
Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, the setting of The Lost Witch.
A powerful, thrilling fantasy for young adults about magic, myth and following your instincts. Bea has started to hear and see things that no one else can creatures, voices, visions. Then strangers visit Bea and tell her she is different: she has the rare powers of a witch. They warn her she is being hunted. Her parents think she is hallucinating and needs help. All Bea wants to do is get on with her life, and to get closer to Lars, the mysterious young man she has met at the skate park. But her life is in danger, and she must break free. The question is who can she trust?
Mark Illis writes for teenagers and adults. He has written novels, short stories, TV, film and radio. He has taught writing in schools, universities, Reading Prison and Broadmoor Secure Hospital.
The Impossible and The Impossible: On The Run are his first YA books. In The Impossible, Hector, meets his 50-year-old self, and that doesn't go too well. In this new, dazzling sequel, he and his friends are terrorised by a super-strong 13-year-old girl. Oh, and zombies.
The novels are science-fiction thrillers with characters you'll love. Think Stephen King, a touch of John Wyndham and a sprinkle of Stranger Things.
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