Michelle Harrison: The 13 Treasures series, Unrest, The Other Alice (July 2016)

Michelle was born in 1979 and grew up in Grays, Essex. Before she was published, she had various jobs including working in a bar, a bakery and an art gallery before becoming a children’s bookseller at Waterstones. She then went on to work as an assistant editor in children’s fiction at Oxford University Press. She now writes full-time and has a son and two cats. Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasues, won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize and has been sold all over the world. Unrest is a story story for teens. Aside from writing, Michelle’s favourite things are art, animals (especially black cats), old objects, spooky places and her Mini Cooper.

Find her on Twitter @MHarrison13 or on her website.

 

The Other Alice: Midge loves riddles, his cat, Tealeaf, and – most of all – stories. And that’s no wonder, because he’s grown up being read to by his older sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge turns to Alice’s stories in search of a clue. But he soon discovers that Alice’s secret book, The Museum of Unfinished Stories, is much more than just a story. In fact, he finds two of its characters wandering around town. With horrible villains jumping off the page, Midge, Gypsy and Piper must use all their powers of deduction to work out how the story ends and untangle the mystery of Alice’s disappearance, before time runs out for all of them…One Wish cover

The 13 Treasures coverThe Thirteen Treasures series (including prequel One Wish): While visiting her grandmother’s house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby – a girl Tanya’s grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the The 13 Secrets Covercaretaker’s son, is tormented by the girl’s The 13 Curses coverdisappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability. The manor’s sinister history is about to repeat itself.

UnUnrest coverrest: Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn’t slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless – but to Elliot they’re terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England’s most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth. There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own. She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it. And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia. Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian’s spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams…

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