Set in the north-west of England, each of these powerful stories abounds with absorbing situations and memorable characters. Meet cussed, rebellious Miss Brady, who lives with a badger on a barge; the reviled old shepherd, Reicker; Sally Beck, a topiary gardener with an extraordinary past; the reclusive Egg Man; proudly independent Jakey...and the young people whose lives they profoundly affect.
Janni Howker is an award-winning author. Her work includes The Nature of the Beast, winner of the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, winner of the Young Observer Teenage Fiction Prize and Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal; Isaac Campion, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal; and Martin Farrell. Her non-fiction picture book Walk with a Wolf was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award and the TES Junior Information Book Award. She lives in Cumbria with her son and a variety of animals.