There's More to Life
(2006) Hodder Childrens Books
‘Just enjoy this story of feisty independent youngsters, an old, old romance and adventures galore’
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The blurb reads: ‘Ned has been given choices: stay at school like other sad boys with nowhere to go for the holiday. Go to his older cousin, who treated him like a slave. Or spend two weeks with his aunt who had a cat but no television and cooked him huge meals three times a day. She was the best in a bad scene. But then nothing turns out the way it’s planned. For a start, there’s no aunt. Then there are strange noises in the cottage. Disappearing food. Someone watching him from the house next door. And all the while, outside, on miles of lonely beach, the waves are building to a terrible storm…’
I’ve always wanted to write a seaside story and, funnily enough, both my recent childrens’ novels, are set by the sea. Water has the potential to be very scary and children like to be scared. In There’s More to Life Ned and his friend Danny (a girl) find themselves in a sinking ship during a storm at sea.
NB.There’s More to Life was short-listed for the West Sussex Schools Libraries Award 2008
‘Suspend all disbelief and just enjoy this story of feisty independent youngsters, an old, old romance and adventures galore’ Carousel magazine
‘Thank you for your lovely book it is brilliantly written! And I hope many people read and enjoy it, ‘cause I certainly did!’ Aiden, 9 yrs.