June Oldham - Hachette Children's Group

June Oldham



June Oldham attended her mother's village school, a grammar school in Lincoln, then took an honours degree in English and a diploma in education. After some years' teaching, she had children and began to write. Although her award winning novel, Flames, was for adults, most of her books have been for children and adolescents. Many of them reflect her love of the Yorkshire Dales where she has lived for the last thirty years.
She has directed Ilkley Literature Festival, tutored for the Arvon Foundation, been a judge for the Constable Trophy (now defunt), encouraged imaginative writing in a gaol, held fellowships in creative writing. Occasionally she leads workshops, visits adult groups and schools.

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Hodder Children's Books

Escape

June Oldham
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June Oldham

Magdalen has always lived in the shadow of her charming, wealthy father. Going to university, she thinks, will finally give her a life of her own. Then she realizes that her father is determined to maintain a grip on her life, that he will never willingly let her go. Desperate to escape the terrible secret they share, she leaves home. With her goes Greg, whose gentle concern leaves Magdalen confused and irritated.As they drive across the country, a friendship slowly unfolds. And as her trust in Greg grows, so, too does Magdalen's resolve to confront her father, and leave the past behind . . .

Hodder Children's Books

Smoke Trail

June Oldham
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June Oldham
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Undercurrents

June Oldham
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June Oldham

Fergal is helping his mother nurse a bedridden woman on a Yorkshire farm. In his free time he roams the hills and dales, and there meets a girl, Alex, sensing at once the peculiar obsession with the nearby reservoir that grips her and everyone else in the valley. As rainless heat settles over the parched land, everyone is watching the reservoir, seeing the water level fall day by day and waiting - as if something undefinable will rise from its depths. The undercurrents threaten Fergal too, with memories of his failure to help a drowning friend, and his belief that soon he will have to help Alex. This time he must not fail.

Hodder Children's Books

The Raven Waits

June Oldham
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June Oldham
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In the Blood

June Oldham
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June Oldham

Rigby's grandfather, Gilbert, has wandered from home and is roaming the Yorkshire countryside in distress. Finding an old map in his grandfather's home, peculiarly annotated and marked by his grandfather, Rigby begins to realise that it duplicates Normandy: the marked sites mirror places in another place and other time - the days following the Normandy landings in 1944. He is drawn down an elusive trail into the past, hunting old memories and new truths to the heart of his grandfather's youth in the raw days of the War. It shakes the very foundations of Rigby's own young life, and as he discovers the secret about another soldier - the quest becomes an inner journey for Rigby. He learns of the feelings of young men caught in the terrors and misery of the battlefield, and the impact of their lives on generations to come.