Hodder Literature: a new and exciting series of literature titles for Key Stage 3 for whole class use. Dramatisation of the story of Elaine Grew, a brave and troubled young soul. Last year her dad died and now Elaine's in turmoil. She squabbles with her mum and begins to stay away from school. Shunned by her friends, Elaine spends day after day in the overgrown wilderness of her dad's old allotment, where once she was so happy. Here she crawls like a lizard, slithers like a snake and works spells with spiders, just as she used to when he was with her. What is Elaine searching for, in this place of memories, dreams and magic?
David Almond was awarded the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for The Fire-Eaters. His first novel, Skellig, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, Kit's Wilderness, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today, and his books are bestsellers all over the world.