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        Plague 99

        By Jean Ure
        Almost overnight a plague has wiped out the population of England. The only survivors seem to be three very different teenagers. Together they must come to terms with the man-made devastation around them. Fran, Harriet and Shahid have the power to rebuild society, but do they have the courage?Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Jean Ure's first book was published when she was sixteen and since then she has written dozens of popular and widely-acclaimed novels for children of all ages. The Plague Trilogy proved to be amongst her most controversial and most ambitious books - involving a tussle with her editor on the boundaries pushed in the middle volume - but she has never shied away from challenging material. In 2006, she was voted by readers of Mizz magazine as one of the three best-known writers for teens.Winner of the Lancashire Book Award.Contains an exclusive, brand-new Q and A with the author about the inspiration for the Plague Trilogy, and its legacy.
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        The Ennead

        By Jan Mark
        Isaac is an outsider on the planet Erato - the lone survivor of a disaster elsewhere in the Ennead (a system of nine planets). But he has managed to infiltrate an important family and wields a significant amount of power. Even so, his position is often compromised because he depends on the kindness of others. So when the chance to rescue Eleanor, a girl from another planet, arises - and most importantly, to keep her forever in his debt, he seizes it. But Eleanor brings her own agenda - her own history - which threatens Isaac's position and the very fabric of Erato's society.Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Jan Mark (1943-2006) was amongst the finest authors to emerge in the second golden age of children's books. She won the Carnegie Medal twice (for her first novel, Thunder and Lightnings and for Handles) and received a host of other commendations and prizes. A former teacher, she spent many years working in schools, alongside her full-time writing. As a reader, science-fiction was a passion and informed several of her most ambitious books, including the three titles on the Silver list - as well as The Eclipse of the Century (shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award) and Useful Idiots.This brand new edition contains exclusive notes by Jan Mark on the inspiration of her highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy, which includes The Ennead, Divide and Rule and Aquarius.A brilliant political satire, as relevant today as it was on first publication over thirty years ago.
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        Starstormers

        By Nicholas Fisk
        Four children, Vawn, Ispex, Tsu and Makenzi live in a boarding school on Earth, while their parents are busy building a colony on the planet Epsilon Cool. It has been years since they last saw their parents - perhaps they never will. Bored and frustrated, they decide to build their own spaceship out of parts salvaged from a spacecraft junkyard. They name their ship Starstormer and blast off. Weeks later, soaring through space on route to Epsilon Cool, they come across an ancient colony ship from earth called the Conqueror. The inhabitants have developed a strange religion, worshipping the "Glorious Ones," whoever they are. Ispex is first to figure out that there is great peril here for the Starstormers. The first book in Nicholas Fisk's exciting series, first published in the 1980s and warmly remembered by fans to this day.Hodder's Silver list brings back into print classic science fiction from the masterful author of Trillions, Grinny and A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair.Nicholas Fisk - the author of over 50 books, many of which are modern classics - recently celebrated his 90th birthday. His starting point for a story is an IF ...IF we had a domestic robot, IF we could talk to animals, IF we could move back and forth in time. On such premises he places people - recognisable people living ordinary lives - until the IF explodes. 'I believe that almost any imaginable possibility may become a reality within the lifetime of a young person today: the previous century saw more changes and discoveries than any other and change gets faster every day.'Fisk is still widely regarded as a master of his genre - demonstrated by the recent reissue of Grinny by Hot Key Books, with a new introduction by Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.Cutting edge at the time of first publication, these stories remain sharp and provocative today - while offering a captivating insight into society's perceptions and projections over thirty years ago.
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        Catweazle

        By Richard Carpenter
        Catweazle is a magician from the eleventh century who had trouble making his spells work. One day, all that changed, thanks to a bad dream and the hooting of an owl, and some ferocious Norman soldiers. The magic Catweazle used that day was unlike any other: it worked. The only trouble was it sped him through the centuries into 1970s Britain. There, by good fortune, he befriended a farmer's son, Carrot, and began the process of adjusting - or not - to modern life. How Catweazle manages to deal with cars and telephones and electricity (or 'electrickery', as he calls it) made for hilarious viewing on the LWT TV series and wickedly funny reading in the Puffin novelisation. And here it is again, for older readers to rediscover and as a timeless treat for children today.A new edition of the timeless, much-loved wizard story, first seen on TV, which was a staple part of every 1970s childhood.Richard Carpenter died in February 2012 - many obituaries celebrated his work: 'In any list of the finest children's writers of the late 20th century, Richard Carpenter deserves to be included, and if it wasn't for the lingering prejudice against television as a medium the equal of literature and film, this would undoubtedly be the case' - The Independent, Feb 2012.Who needs Harry Potter? Catweazle is the original star wizard of children's literature!Catweazle was a huge success on TV when transmitted in 1970. The series won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain award for Best Children's TV Drama Script in 1971. It also inspired the Boo Radleys' song, Catweazle. It's been released on DVD and has had a dedicated fan club established in its honour.Richard Carpenter wrote a new screenplay of Catweazle prior to his death, and his estate is working to fulfil his dream of a feature-length film.
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        Come Lucky April

        By Jean Ure

        Come Lucky April is set a hundred years on from Plague 99. Harry's great-granddaughter is a girl called April, who lives in an all-female run vegan society, which is carefully governed to eliminate risk of plague-like situations. Men have shamed themselves and are no longer in power. There's a primitive aspect to life as though the 21st century as we know it never happened.
        At 12, boys are exiled for 5 years ...'they went away as barbarians and came back civilised', which means castrated. 'Homecoming' is when they are welcomed back - but how welcome are they?
        We meet Daniel, a survivor of a patrician clan, whose quest it is to find unclaimed parts of the 'outside world'. His great grandmother was Fran and his great grand-father was Shahid from the first part of the trilogy. He wants to find the diary that Fran left behind in her family home in Croydon.
        In the abandoned house, girls and boy meet ... Daniel and April don't, at first, realise they are connected by their distant ancestors' friendship. A potential romantic attachment forms between them. His presence creates conflict, but they take him into their community, where the conflicts worsen.
        Daniel questions everything April has been brought up to believe. He challenges the women's views and their rejection of the orthodoxy he knows. He makes David, a long-term friend of April, question what he has lost as a man.
        An exciting novel, rich in texture and passionate in its ideas.

        Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Jean Ure's first book was published when she was sixteen and since then she has written dozens of popular and widely-acclaimed novels for children of all ages. The Plague Trilogy proved to be amongst her most controversial and most ambitious books - involving a tussle with her editor on the boundaries pushed in the middle volume - but she has never shied away from challenging material. In 2006, she was voted by readers of Mizz magazine as one of the three best-known writers for teens.Provocative, disturbing dystopian fiction which presaged the recent trend for dystopian fiction.The second book in the gripping Plague Trilogy which was a critical and commercial success upon first publication in the early 1990s.
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        Divide and Rule

        By Jan Mark
        Divide and Rule is the story of Hanno, an outsider and an unbeliever, who nevertheless conforms to society and presents himself at the temple as all youths his age must do. He knows he won't be chosen as the Shepherd because of his lack of faith. So when his worst fears are realised and he has to come to terms with giving a year of his life to the Temple, he is outraged. How can he retain his independence in such a harsh and corrupt regime? A stunning novel which raises questions of faith and individuality - one of three early works by Jan Mark which proved her versatility and displayed not only her intellectual vigour but her unparalleled storytelling skills.Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Jan Mark (1943-2006) was amongst the finest authors to emerge in the second golden age of children's books. She won the Carnegie Medal twice (for her first novel, Thunder and Lightnings and for Handles) and received a host of other commendations and prizes. A former teacher, she spent many years working in schools, alongside her full-time writing. As a reader, science-fiction was a passion and informed several of her most ambitious books, including the three titles on the Silver list - as well as The Eclipse of the Century (shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award) and Useful Idiots.Long out of print, an early work by Jan Mark which found controversy as being very different from the author's debut work - and was partly written in rejection of being labelled only as a writer of 'family stories'.
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        Sunburst

        By Nicholas Fisk
        The Starstormers - Vawn, Ispex, Tsu and Makenzi - hurtle through space in Starstormer, the spacecraft they've built themselves, seeking their destination Epsilon Cool. Under constant threat from the evil Octopus Emperor, whose immense powers reach throughout the galaxy, their senses are alert to all dangers. In the depths of space they come across a huge abandoned spacecraft - a ghost ship with a chilling signal: Plague ship! Keep away! But the Starstormers desperately need spare parts for their own stricken craft. Despite the warning, they must venture aboard. But too late, they discover the ship's chilling secret - and they are destined for a terrifying journey towards the centre of the sun . . .Hodder's Silver list brings back into print classic science fiction from the masterful author of Trillions, Grinny and A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair.Nicholas Fisk - the author of over 50 books, many of which are modern classics - recently celebrated his 90th birthday. His starting point for a story is an IF ...IF we had a domestic robot, IF we could talk to animals, IF we could move back and forth in time. On such premises he places people - recognisable people living ordinary lives - until the IF explodes. 'I believe that almost any imaginable possibility may become a reality within the lifetime of a young person today: the previous century saw more changes and discoveries than any other and change gets faster every day.'Fisk is still widely regarded as a master of his genre - demonstrated by the recent reissue of Grinny by Hot Key Books, with a new introduction by Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.Cutting edge at the time of first publication, these stories remain sharp and provocative today - while offering a captivating insight into society's perceptions and projections over thirty years ago.
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        Journey Through Llandor

        By Louise Lawrence

        The first book of Louise Lawrence's gripping Llandor Trilogy.

        Roderick, Carried and Craig - on their chase through the forest - find themselves crashing into a frighteningly alien world of terrifying monsters and strange beings. Unable to find their way out, they are befriended by Janine, the elf girl, and many others, as they are forced headlong into a flight through Llandor, pursued by the evil presence of the Grimthane.

        Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Louise Lawrence, who died in December 2013, was one of Britain's most respected writers of speculative fiction, often depicting clashes between social classes and species. Her debut novel, Andra, was published in 1971. She is perhaps best known for Children of the Dust (1985) - about the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, which was banned from many school libraries, but has achieved a cult following - and has been widely and successfully published in the USA as well as in Britain. Hodder Silver is proud to introduce her stunning Llandor sequence to a new generation of readers.
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        Watchers at the Shrine

        By Jean Ure

        50 years on from Come Lucky April...
        April and David have confronted the orthodoxy - they believe girls and boys should be able to grow up together. They determine to send their son away, to spare him the humilation of castration. '
        Hal spends several years there, waiting for the ban to be lifted. He befriends the daughters of the family he lives with - but when he challenges his 'father' he is sent from the house, and discovers a new life in the lawless part of the settlement. He realises he needs to help the girls he can to escape and return to Croydon. How can he save them?
        Life back in Croydon things are changing, too. People are dying. Beliefs are being challenged. Are things any better than they were 150 years ago? Is there hope for the future?

        Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Jean Ure's first book was published when she was sixteen and since then she has written dozens of popular and widely-acclaimed novels for children of all ages. The Plague Trilogy proved to be amongst her most controversial and most ambitious books - involving a tussle with her editor on the boundaries pushed in the middle volume - but she has never shied away from challenging material. In 2006, she was voted by readers of Mizz magazine as one of the three best-known writers for teens.The final book in the gripping Plague Trilogy - a forerunner of the current crop of dystopian fiction.
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        Aquarius

        By Jan Mark
        Viner lives in a land that constantly floods - his skill as a water diviner has lead to ridicule. But when he is kidnapped all this changes. His murderous captors force him to work for them in their drought-stricken country - and to challenge the Rain-King whose failure to provide the necessary rainfall is sorely trying all those around him. But instead of ridiculing the King, Viner befriends him - perhaps more ... Aquarius is a deeply humane story of power, manipulation, ambition, and burgeoning sexuality. Viner is a complex character - easy to like and despise in equal measure. His story will not easily be forgotten.Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Jan Mark (1943-2006) was amongst the finest authors to emerge in the second golden age of children's books. She won the Carnegie Medal twice (for her first novel, Thunder and Lightnings and for Handles) and received a host of other commendations and prizes. A former teacher, she spent many years working in schools, alongside her full-time writing. As a reader, science-fiction was a passion and informed several of her most ambitious books, including the three titles on the Silver list - as well as The Eclipse of the Century (shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award) and Useful Idiots.Winner of the 1982, Young Observer/Rank Fiction Prize.Acclaim for Jan Mark (from the obituary by Nicholas Tucker in the Independent: "As a writer able to produce a succession of brilliant, stand-alone novels, each one perfect in itself, she is irreplaceable."
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        Catfang

        By Nicholas Fisk
        Built to take the four children to join their parents on Epsilon Cool, Starstormer is showing dangerous signs of wear and tear - and the vehicle of their escape is now their prison. The Starstormers have been forced to leave Epsilon Cool to evade the Octopus Emperor's intention of employing them in his workforce, and the failings of their homemade spaceship contribute to the strained atmosphere on board. As tensions rise, distraction suddenly appears in the shape of a stowaway: a tousled, spiky, wet, filthy kitten. Cleaned up (and given a name), Fang, he entertains the children with his antics. But not for long! Starstormer is once again under attack - and Fang plays an amazing part in the great battle in space ...Hodder's Silver list brings back into print classic science fiction from the masterful author of Trillions, Grinny and A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair.Nicholas Fisk - the author of over 50 books, many of which are modern classics - recently celebrated his 90th birthday. His starting point for a story is an IF ...IF we had a domestic robot, IF we could talk to animals, IF we could move back and forth in time. On such premises he places people - recognisable people living ordinary lives - until the IF explodes. 'I believe that almost any imaginable possibility may become a reality within the lifetime of a young person today: the previous century saw more changes and discoveries than any other and change gets faster every day.'Fisk is still widely regarded as a master of his genre - demonstrated by the recent reissue of Grinny by Hot Key Books, with a new introduction by Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.Cutting edge at the time of first publication, these stories remain sharp and provocative today - while offering a captivating insight into society's perceptions and projections over thirty years ago.
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        The Road to Irriyan

        By Louise Lawrence

        The second book in the gripping Llandor Trilogy.

        Woken from the long, herb-induced sleep by the encroaching presence of the Grimthane, Roderick, Craig and Carrie take to the vast underground caves and passages of the old city of the giants in their attempt to reach Irriyan and safety. Led by goblins and a dwarf, they are forced away from familiar territory by the vicious shape-changer, Merrigan, and must rush from the dwarf's stronghold to escape the massive rock trolls. In desperate peril, Roderick acts selflessly to save Llandor.

        Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Louise Lawrence, who died in December 2013, was one of Britain's most respected writers of speculative fiction, often depicting clashes between social classes and species. Her debut novel, Andra, was published in 1971. She is perhaps best known for Children of the Dust (1985) - about the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, which was banned from many school libraries, but has achieved a cult following - and has been widely and successfully published in the USA as well as in Britain. Hodder Silver is proud to introduce her stunning Llandor sequence to a new generation of readers.Louise Lawrence is one of the best-known of all British fantasy writers. Her novel, The Children of the Dust, has been in print for 30 years and is a modern classic.A brilliantly realised fantasy landscape evoked by a master storyteller.
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        Troy

        By Adele Geras

        The siege of Troy has lasted almost ten years. Inside the walled city, food is scarce and death is common. From the heights of Mount Olympus, the Gods keep watch. But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war. Aided by Eros's bow, the goddess sends two sisters down a bloody path to an awful truth: In the fury of war, love strikes the deadliest blows.
        Heralded by fans and critics alike, Adèle Geras breathes personality, heartbreak, and humour into this classic story.

        A highly-acclaimed and totally unique retelling of the siege of Troy from one of the UK's most distinguished writers for young people.Adele Geras was born in Jerusalem, and now lives in Cambridge. A former actress and teacher, she bega writing in 1976, and has never stopped. In addition to her broad range of books for children, she has published six novels for adults, the most recent of which, Cover Her Eyes, will be published by Quercus in August 2014.Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread (Costa) Award, and commended for the ALA Awards in the US.Hodder Silver is making timeless stories from the 70s, 80s and 90s available to a new generation of readers, and for existing fans to rediscover.
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        Evil Eye

        By Nicholas Fisk
        Once again forced to flee from the wicked Octopus Emperor in their junkyard spaceship, the four Starstormers crashland on the planet of Moloch - otherwise known as the planet of the Evil Eye. They soon begin to wonder if this unwelcoming planet as its terrifying - yet somehow almost familiar - inhabitants, hold anything for them except death. Then strange voices reveal to Vawn that the hostile planet is linked with an early space experiment from Earth that went horribly wrong. The Starstormers may be able to help restore a balance between good and evil - but can Vawn convince her friends that she is not imagining things? And have they really arrived in time to destroy the evil of Moloch?Hodder's Silver list brings back into print classic science fiction from the masterful author of Trillions, Grinny and A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair.Nicholas Fisk - the author of over 50 books, many of which are modern classics - recently celebrated his 90th birthday. His starting point for a story is an IF ...IF we had a domestic robot, IF we could talk to animals, IF we could move back and forth in time. On such premises he places people - recognisable people living ordinary lives - until the IF explodes. 'I believe that almost any imaginable possibility may become a reality within the lifetime of a young person today: the previous century saw more changes and discoveries than any other and change gets faster every day.'Fisk is still widely regarded as a master of his genre - demonstrated by the recent reissue of Grinny by Hot Key Books, with a new introduction by Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.Cutting edge at the time of first publication, these stories remain sharp and provocative today - while offering a captivating insight into society's perceptions and projections over thirty years ago.
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        The Shadow of Mordican

        By Louise Lawrence
        Desperate to reach Seers' Keep, Carrie is nevertheless overwhelmed by the peace and enchantment of the land of Irriyan. But the opportunity to settle there vanishes with the appearance of the mysterious White Mage, Gerwyn, who has a thoroughly different destination in mind. Both Carrie and he call upon the elements in their battle for supremacy, but Carrie's power is too new and untried to be a match for Gerwyn's, and soon she and Craig are unmistakeably being drawn towards Mordican ...Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.Louise Lawrence, who died in December 2013, was one of Britain's most respected writers of speculative fiction, often depicting clashes between social classes and species. Her debut novel, Andra, was published in 1971. She is perhaps best known for Children of the Dust (1985) - about the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, which was banned from many school libraries, but has achieved a cult following - and has been widely and successfully published in the USA as well as in Britain. Hodder Silver is proud to introduce her stunning Llandor sequence to a new generation of readers.Louise Lawrence is internationally renowned as one of the finest writers of speculative fiction. Her novel Children of the Dust is a modern classics and has been in print for more than 25 years.
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        When Darkness Comes

        By Robert Swindells
        Jealousy and ambition divide a tribe so much so that it splits into two communities - each of whom has to strive to become self-sufficient. Their failure almost leads to their destruction. It's up to the chief's son and the other children of the tribe to overcome the adults' prejudices and attempt reconciliation. When they are threatened by raiders from a stronger, more skilful race, survival is all. But will the tribes be able to reunite in time?A new edition of a classic story from a multi-award-winning author that will appeal to fans of Michelle Paver.Robert Swindells is one of our most distinguished and successful writers for young people. He is renowned for combining hard-hitting subject matter (homelessness, racial intolerance, nuclear war) with page-turning storytelling in his powerful novels for teenagers. Swindells won the Carnegie Medal in 1994 for Stone Cold and has won the Red House Children's Book Award a staggering four times.Hodder Silver brings back into print the best science fiction and fantasy from the 70s, 80s and 90s - for nostalgic adults who will tempt a new generation of readers.Fans of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness and Gods and Warriors series by Michelle Paver will relish this story of rivalry and loyalties amongst ancient cultures.Based on a true story, about the discovery in 1947 of a platform on which a small tribe, probably the only people in Yorkshire, spent ten winters about 9,000 years ago.
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        Volcano

        By Nicholas Fisk
        When the Starstormers accidentally blast off into space they head for the relative safety of the strange and unwelcoming planet of Volcano. Here they are delighted to be joined by their old allies - the veils of Moloch - who prove surprisingly useful. But they soon discover that the Octopus Emperor - determined to enslave or destroy them - is still pursuing them relentlessly. And under his influence the planet and its inhabitants are becoming increasingly hostile. Finally, Ispex comes up with a plan to destroy the Emperor once and for all. Something so far-fetched that it might just work. But is there time before the Tyrannopolis battleship strikes its final, fatal blows? And can the Starstormers make the huge sacrifice the plan demands?Hodder's Silver list brings back into print classic science fiction from the masterful author of Trillions, Grinny and A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair.Nicholas Fisk - the author of over 50 books, many of which are modern classics - recently celebrated his 90th birthday. His starting point for a story is an IF ...IF we had a domestic robot, IF we could talk to animals, IF we could move back and forth in time. On such premises he places people - recognisable people living ordinary lives - until the IF explodes. 'I believe that almost any imaginable possibility may become a reality within the lifetime of a young person today: the previous century saw more changes and discoveries than any other and change gets faster every day.'Fisk is still widely regarded as a master of his genre - demonstrated by the recent reissue of Grinny by Hot Key Books, with a new introduction by Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman.Cutting edge at the time of first publication, these stories remain sharp and provocative today - while offering a captivating insight into society's perceptions and projections over thirty years ago.
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        Voyage to Valhalla

        By Robert Swindells
        When Davy and his friends discover the skull of an ancient Briton buried in the woods, they decide to unearth as much as they can of the skeleton themselves before telling any adults. But by the time they have disinterred the skeletons, Davy has become the subject of hauntings and hallucinations.A new edition of a classic story from a multi-award-winning author that will appeal to fans of Michelle Paver.Robert Swindells is one of our most distinguished and successful writers for young people. He is renowned for combining hard-hitting subject matter (homelessness, racial intolerance, nuclear war) with page-turning storytelling in his powerful novels for teenagers. Swindells won the Carnegie Medal in 1994 for Stone Cold and has won the Red House Children's Book Award a staggering four times.Hodder Silver brings back into print the best science fiction and fantasy from the 70s, 80s and 90s - for nostalgic adults who will tempt a new generation of readers.Fans of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness and Gods and Warriors series by Michelle Paver, Penelope Lively's The Ghost of Thomas Kempe and The House in Norham Gardens, and Alan Garner's classic novels, will relish this exciting story of the supernatural.Based on a true story, about the discovery in 1947 of a platform on which a small tribe, probably the only people in Yorkshire, spent ten winters about 9,000 years ago.