Polly Ho-Yen: Boy in the Tower, Where Monsters Lie (July 2016)

Polly Ho-Yen was born in Northampton and brought up in Buckinghamshire. She worked in publishing for several years before becoming a primary school teacher. Somewhere in between five o’clock in the morning and sitting down in front of a classroom of five-year-olds, Boy in the Tower was written. It was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and shortlisted for the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the YBoy in the Tower coverear Award.

Find her on Twitter @bookhorse or on her website.

Boy in the Tower: Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him. His mum doesn’t really like looking outside – but it’s going outside that she hates. She’s happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it’s safe.But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear. Now their tower isn’t safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there’s no way out…

Where Monsters Lie: The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsteWhere Monsters Lie coverrs of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water. Then strange things start happening in the village. Effie’s rabbit Buster escapes from a locked hutch, her mum disappears without trace and slugs start to infest her home. Along with her best friend Finn, Effie begins to hunt for clues to solve the mysteries of Mivtown. Could this all be connected to the legend? Is it really just a story or is there something lurking in those deep, dark waters?

 

 

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