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He used to play for two bands namely playing the drums for Garrett and as the guitarist in an ABBA tribute group. For my opinion, the ending of the book was a little disappointing, because it ended like on the middle of the story.

The Raven Mysteries are full of humour and mad-cap action, which is quite different from your novels for older readers. The main character was a very head strong, independent girl named Zoe who overcame many problems with mostly no adult figures to guide her. This is essential reading for it paints a vivid picture of what life may well be like in the not too distant future if we don’t do something NOW about global warming. The book has a captivating plot, with interesting characters that I am sure children will enjoy reading. I anticipated a more sadder ending, but, unfortunately I didn't get that😭But it's a good book overall especially for children to understand climate change and that.The idea behind this post apocalyptic world was fascinating and it wasn't too preachy seeing as it is a possible eventuality of global warming. She fetches up on the remote and sinking Eels Island where there is a barbarous community, and to find out whether she ever gets off Eels Island and whether she ever finds her parents again you will have to read the book. I read this over a weekend so I could use it as a stimulus for the English work the children in the year 6 class I was working with were going to do. After seeing Floodland used in a Year 5 class on my last placement I was pleasantly surprised at its many uses within the classroom and its cross curricular links. Unfortunately, despite glaring allusions to "Lord of the Flies" and a couple of mystical references à la William Blake, the whole fails to equal the sum of its parts.

The polar ice caps have melted and the sea level has risen, slowly but inexorably, until most of low-lying eastern England is under water. Despite its bleakness the story itself is very good and has a very believable plot it’s just that Zoe is all over the place as far as her character goes and on top of that it seems like the story starts and ends in the middle. The language in the book is simple but very descriptive, with interesting discussion points too, making it a good choice of book to read/study as a class. Other notable award winning books include Floodland, Marcus’ first novel, which won the Branford-Boase Award in 2001, a prize for the best debut novel for children published in the UK each year; My Swordhand is Singing, which won the Booktrust Teenage Prize for 2007, and Lunatics and Luck, part of The Raven Mysteries series, which won a Blue Peter Book Award in 2011.Poe's story, as well as his own fascination with technique, provided that final piece of the puzzle. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for Revolver in 2011 and The Ghosts of Heaven in 2016, giving him the most citations to date for America’s most prestigious book prize for writing for young adults. Put this together with the feral survival of the children on the Island of Eels and you have Floodland. Supplies were running out and six months previously when the boat came to drop off supplies for the last time Zoe’s parents make it out but she is left behind.

The Kiss of Death was published in paperback in April 2009, and picked up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). Ten-year-old Zoe and her parents struggle to survive in Norwich, now an island, until the last supply ship is set to take them away. With proper help from a competent editor it could have been turned into a good novel, but instead it was released while still some way short of publishable standard. I've given it three stars rather than two though because the author wasn't to blame for the publisher's failure, while the story displays clear potential. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards.Well, if the country got smaller when the sea rose, then there ought to be more people squashed into what's left. The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on to a dramatic escape in a story of courage and determination that is handled with warmth and humanity. p.81) Even though it's really short, and offers no real explanation for the sea-level rise, I really liked how this drops the reader into its world.

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