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About Nicola Skinner
Nicola's books have been The Times Children's Books of the Week, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Statesman and Bookseller picks for the month, and nominated for the Blue Peter, Branford Boase and Carnegie book awards. Bloom was a Guardian Book of the Year.
Nicola was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to a German mother and an English father. After an idyllic early childhood spent on beaches and reading comics, she moved to England aged eight to attend a series of boarding schools where she was often told off for reading after lights out. She now lives in a small village in Somerset just outside Bristol.
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A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older – BLOOM is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives…
Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up – in a REALLY surprising way…
Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are LOTS.
Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard.
Now she’s hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places… and completely failing to win her school’s competition to find The Most Obedient Child of the School.
And all that’s before flowers start growing out of her head…
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‘Readers will be laughing and crying all at once. This book is an astonishing, unique feat of the imagination’
From critically acclaimed author Nicola Skinner, her most brilliant book yet – a darkly comic story about staying true to yourself and the people you love, even if it means tearing everything down . . .
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Minnie’s island. Nothing, that is, apart from the earthquakes, which pull buildings and schools and houses down on a regular basis.
Luckily, the island’s inhabitants have found a way to fix their crumbling walls: giants. Giants look after human children, like eleven-year-old Minnie. When Minnie turns twelve, she’ll kiss her giant, turning her into a stone statue forever. The stone will be used to repair buildings. And there’s nothing wrong with that either . . . or so Minnie thinks.
But when a dreadful earthquake strikes, Minnie realises she’s not quite ready to say goodbye to her giant – not forever – not yet. So Minnie goes on the run, betraying her parents and everyone she knows. The secrets she uncovers on her journey threaten to pull everything down: and so begins a desperate race against time in which she will confront the truth about her island, her giant . . . and ultimately herself.
A Iris Fallowfield se le da tan bien portarse bien que los profesores acuden a ella cuando necesitan ayuda para recordar las normas del colegio, ¡y hay muchísimas! Pero cuando Iris descubre un paquete medio descolorido de SEMILLAS MÁGICAS, su mundo comienza a florecer de una manera extraña, aterradora y —a la larga— maravillosa...
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‘Spectacular. A wild, hilarious, surreal adventure of self-discovery’ Guardian
‘A fabulously entertaining, hugely inventive novel of epic adventure, friendship and bravery’ Editor’s Choice, Bookseller
The extraordinarily inventive and inspiring new middle-grade novel from the rapturously acclaimed author of BLOOM.
This is the story of Kirsten, an apparently happy and successful 11-year-old YouTube star who meets a ship that comes alive… and is claimed by it as its new captain as it breaks free from its dry dock.
Inspired by the true history of the SS Great Britain, Starboard is about the friendship, heroism and bravery that you can find in others, whether they’re made of flesh or iron. It’s about taking control of your own life and going on epic adventures. But most of all, it’s about finding out who you really dare to be, when you’re completely out of your depth…
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The extraordinarily moving, funny and original new novel from the author of the rapturously acclaimed BLOOM.
“You were born raging, Frances Frida Ripley. That’s what happens when you’re born in a storm.”
Frances’s parents were not prepared for her birth: they had a blanket and an easel and some paint, but not anything useful, like a car or a phone. So it’s no wonder Frankie has always had a temper. She was born on a BEACH, in a STORM.
What Frances was not prepared for was dying in a freak natural disaster that wiped out her whole town.
Waking up 100 years later, Frances finds a whole load of new things to be angry about. And that’s before the visitors start turning up, treating her home like it’s a tourist attraction. Which it is.
Only there are worse people out there than tourists… and they’re coming for Frankie.
Frankie is about to discover that there are things more important than herself – and that anger has its uses. Because when you have a storm inside you – sometimes the only thing to do is let it out…
Es wird bunt und wild und wunderbar!
Melissas Heimatstadt ist betongrau und ordentlich. Für alles gibt es Regeln - und Melissa kann nichts so gut wie sie zu befolgen. Sie hat sogar den Titel »Folgsamstes Kind der Schule« zu verteidigen. Doch dann findet sie unter den Betonplatten auf ihrer Terrasse ein geheimnisvolles Päckchen voller Blumensamen, das alles auf den Kopf stellt. Plötzlich hört Melissa Stimmen und verspürt den Drang, die Samen auszusäen. Aber Agatha Merkwürdens Racheblumen sind launisch und suchen sich ihren ganz eigenen Weg. Und endlich blüht die Stadt wieder auf.
Gewinner des Deutschen Hörbuchpreises 2020 in der Kategorie »Bestes Kinderhörbuch«