Modern-day Britain, WWII Italy - two narratives collide in an engrossing read with huge resonance for today's readers. Currently long-listed for the Carnegie Medal.
L. J. Adlington is a writer, actress and costume historian. She lives in the north of England with a cat the size of a small armchair. She loves climbing volcanoes, watching crime dramas and reading fairy-tales. She is very good at eating chocolate. Her novels for teenagers weave together past, present, future and fantasy. Her latest novel Night Witches is set on a war-torn world, with a darkly complex and powerful heroine.
Complex and brilliantly written...so thrilling and skillfully told that at times you will forget you are reading fiction. The surprise at the end perfectly rounds off this smart, thought-provoking story. — Young Post Hong Kong
Enjoyable and fast-moving...written with a satisfying attention to detail. — School Librarian
A captivating story, pacy and fresh. Highly recommended. — Birmingham Post
An imaginative and thought-provoking work. — Books for Keeps
Praise for The Glittering Eye:
'an ideal summer read for teens'
— The Bookbag
'an amazing novel' — Chicklish
'an exciting, intriguing, and compelling story ... L.J. Adlington is a writer to watch. Outstanding, and highly recommended!' — Write Away
'Fantastic, imaginative, addictive and interesting.' Amanda, age 12
'I thought the book was full of exciting events and it fired up my imagination. It really grabbed my attention and interest.' Siham, age 14
'Interesting, informative, brilliant, entrancing.' Zoë, age 14
'I loved this book! I enjoyed learning about Egypt and following Amy and Shabti in two worlds...L J Adlington creates a great understanding of Egyptian artefacts and the blossoming romance between Amy and Jason.' Lyronne, age 14
'A compelling and mysterious book, with beautiful descriptions and a brilliant storyline.' Danielle, age 13
'I thought that the cover was brilliant and really went well with the theme of the story inside.' Tarsha, age 13
— Peer Review Group
PRAISE FOR THE DIARY OF PELLY D:
'a convincingly told and gripping story'
... catches you by the throat and it doesn't let you go even when you have read the last paragraph. This is a brilliant example of storytelling at its most seductive ... a fastpaced, utterly absorbing novel that is hard to put down ... — Sunday Morning Post, John Millen
L J Adlington's spare and concise voice brings Pelly D vividly to life ... will intrigue and grip from the first diary entry to the open-ended and chilling conclusion. — Pocklington Post
Written in the breathless, racy style of a young teenager, Pelly's diaries just keep you reading ... It gives an old theme a fresh twist ... — York Evening Press
... a clever, unusual story that readers looking for something different will find captivating. The book reveals its secrets slowly with maximum impact. — South China Morning Post
Adlington has crafted an original and disturbing dystopian fantasy told in a smart and sympathetic teen voice. — Booklist
This book is one thing: amazing. — Voya
'In this powerful debut novel, Adlington deftly sketches in the background to Pelly D's increasingly totalitarian world, whilst allowing her sparky heroine centre stage.' — Books for Keeps September 05
A stunning novel: a gripping page-turner. — The Press
Crammed with surprises... enjoyable and fast moving. — School Librarian
A lively and compelling story that takes and interesting perspective to German WW2 history. — hackwriters