Kerry is the author of the CELL 7 trilogy, the first of which has been translated into more than a dozen languages, won Spellbinding Book of the Year 2017, HWS Book of the Year, was shortlisted for CrimeFest Best YA Crime and long-listed for Southern Schools Book Award.
She’s also the author of two highly acclaimed literary YA novels: A Brighter Fear (Love Reading 4 Kids Book of the Month and shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award) and A Dream of Lights (nominated for the
CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded Highly Commended at the North East Teen Book Awards and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Schools Book Awards).
Kerry is very proud to be a writer in residence for First Story, at a girls’ school in Hull.
As well as doing sensible writerly things she’s swum across the river Humber and completed an Ironman. She also a big fan of custard creams, cake, and cheese and onion crisps. Although not at the same time.
Cell 7 (sequels Day 7 and Final 7): An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body. The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions – all for the price of a premium rate phone call. Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?
A Dream of Lights: Yoora is a teenage girl living in North Korea, dreaming of the lights of foreign cities while eking out a miserable existence in a rural northern village. But then she makes a mistake: she falls in love. With someone far removed from her social class. Someone dangerous to know. When tongues start to wag, her father is executed and she is taken to a prison camp in the mountains. There, escape seems even further from her grasp. But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms…
A Brighter Fear: This is the story of Lina, a teenage girl from Baghdad. It starts in 2003, as the bombs begin to fall on the city. In it, Lina fights to survive, to find a life for herself amid the chaos of war, to find what happened to her mother in the years before the war, when she was taken away by the secret police. She also falls in love, with the one person she should never have fallen in love with. It is many things. It is a love story, both for a country and for a person. It is about an amazing girl, growing up in the worst circumstances imaginable. It contains a necklace, that was lost but might still be found. And that is all we can say, without ruining this extraordinary and beautiful modern fairy tale…