Posted by Kesia on Monday August 10th, 2015

There's MAJOR DRAMA at Chicken House this month, with a heady mix of the heart-poundingly frightening, the thrilling, the tumultuous and the hilarious. Here’s a round-up of August’s fabulous fiction.

Darkmere by Helen Maslin

Those cool YA bloggers are already crazy for this romantic, scary timeslip ghost story. And it’s hardly surprising: Darkmere really does stand out from the crowd. A contemporary gothic romance, I like to think of the Darkmere cocktail as one part du Maurier, one part Skins, a long whoosh of fizzy paranormal tonic and a dash of delightful and uniquely Maslin-esque neon-pink bitters. Order me a double!

Storm Horse by Nick Garlick

Set on a remote storm-tossed Dutch island in the 1960s, this haunting story has the feel of a modern classic. Twelve-year-old Flip’s life changes forever when he risks everything to rescue a drowning horse. Over time, his heroic act develops an extraordinary friendship. Our advance reviewers love the novel’s big heart and its beautiful sense of place and time – a novel to sink into like a gorgeous feather bed.

Dara Palmer's Major Drama by Emma Shevah

OMG. Kids are loving this dramatic, funny and important story about an adopted girl with an acting dream. Our grown-up reviewers agree: Dara will leap off the page like a pop-up superstar. A novel of friendship, family, ambition and learning who you really are – and all for a 7+ readership by the acclaimed author of Dream on Amber, Emma Shevah. What are you waiting for?!

The Black Lotus by Kieran Fanning

Seriously, what self-respecting ten-year-old doesn’t want to go to ninja school? Well, I certainly did – and I wouldn’t’ve said no to a super-power, either! After landing a stand-out endorsement from the wonderful Eoin Colfer, The Black Lotus has already garnered a fistful of incredible reviews – POW! Everyone’s loving the compulsive combination of high-octane action, martial arts, time-travel and (of course) the heart-warming friendships at the centre of the novel.

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