by Gillian Cross
WINNER Little Rebels Award 2014
A dystopian novel set in the UK. The 5 major banks have crashed, money is worthless, law & order are fragile and food is a precious commodity. The options are to go hungry, store food and risk being raided or flee the country. Matt and his family are forced to take that final option and make the dangerous escape to a refugee camp in France. Little Rebels Judge, Wendy Cooling, said: 'This is a frighteningly believable story, a real page-turner with a strong sense of danger always present, and many big issues of a possible future just below the surface. Gillian Cross tells the story brilliantly, never offering the reader a break in the drama, and creating characters to really care about'. On accepting the award, Gillian Cross said, 'we don't write tracts; we don't write propaganda when we write fiction, but we can't help writing things which engage with who we are and how we live in the world'. Age 9-12, Paperback 296pp
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