A second novel for Young Picador from Whitbread-shortlist star! It's a long, hot summer - and a climactic one. For 14-year-old Sapphire it brings the awesome, terrifying realisation that she is pregnant - a discovery that catapults her into the eye of a storm as her body, her future, her life, become a battleground for everyone's needs but her own. Meanwhile, out in the humid urban night, a mysterious firebug is running wild, working out his own anger and confusion with dramatic consequences. Somehow, from this cauldron of emotion and fear, Sapphire must find a way to take control of her life - and make the most agonising and lonely of choices.
Julie Bertagna has had remarkable success in her short writing career. She won a Scottish Arts Council bursary for her first novel THE SPARK GAP. SOUNDTRACK won the SAC's Children's Book Award. DOLPHIN BOY was shortlisted for the NASEN and Blue Peter Awards, and THE ICE CREAM MACHINE is being developed for TV. EXODUS, the launch title for Young Picador and her first novel for Macmillan, has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year.