Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Co-authors of the YA romantic comedy novels Lobsters and Never Evers, Tom and Lucy met in the sixth form at school and have been friends ever since. They write dual narrative books, with Tom writing the boy’s voice and Lucy the girl’s. Lucy is a school librarian who runs an online teen magazine, Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for ShortList, Time Out, Vice, NME, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, talkSPORT, ESPN and Viz.

Lobsters is for older YA readers, and is about two teens trying to find love and lose their virginity during the summer after A-Levels. Lobsters was shortlisted for the inaugural YA Book Prize and the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition (2013). Never Evers is aimed at slightly younger teens, and is about a Year 9 school ski trip that goes badly off the rails. Tom and Lucy are currently writing a new YA comedy novel about teens during their first term at university, due to be published by Chicken House in August 2017.

Find Lucy on Twitter @lucyivison and Tom @tom_ellen or visit their Evers

Never Evers: Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can’t wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn’t a clue about either. That’s until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort – who Jack’s a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he’s no longer a pop star – will it be music and magic on the slopes?

LobstersLobsters: Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find ‘The One’. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.


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