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The Survival Game

The Survival Game

In a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful.

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ISBN 9781444944525
Barcode 9781444944525
Published 31 July 2018 by Hachette Children's Books
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Singer, Nicky
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ISBN-13 9781444944525
ISBN-10 1444944525
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hachette Children's Books
Imprint Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date 31 July 2018
International Publication Date 26 July 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Singer, Nicky
Category Adventure Stories
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
War Stories
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 189mm
Height: 199mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 258g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult;Children/juvenile
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 927570

Description of this Book

In a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful. Mhairi Anne Bain owns only two things: a gun with no bullets and her identity papers. The world is a shell of what it once was. Now, you must prove yourself worthy of existence at every turn, at every border checkpoint. And if you are going to survive, your instincts will become your most valuable weapon. Mhairi has learnt the importance of living her own story, of speaking to no one. But then she meets a young boy with no voice at all, and finds herself risking everything to take him to safety. And so Mhairi and the silent boy travel the road north. But there are rumours that things in Scotland have changed since she has been away. What Mhairi finds there is shocking and heart-breaking, but might finally re-connect her to her sense of slef and to the possibility of love.An extraordinary story about survival and what it costs, about the power of small kindnesses to change everything.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A wonderful, surprisingly delicate story about a teenager making her way home to Scotland in a world remade by climate change (aimed at YA readers but, like all good children's books, good for adults too) -- Lucy Mangan * i Weekend * 'A powerful story. It's searingly beautiful but both terrifying and deeply sad. Nicky Singer writes with lyricism...But The Survival Game isn't just beautifully written...it's raw and energetic, lyrical and beautiful, intense and passionate. It also asks important questions and requires the reader to interrogate her or himself...It's an absolute tour de force.' * The Book Bag *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Nicky Singer is an author and playwright. She has written a number of books for children and adults, across fiction and non-fiction. Her first children's novel Feather Boy won the Blue Peter 'Book of the Year' Award, was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children's Drama) and commissioned by the National Theatre as a musical.

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