Lily and the Rockets

It’s 1918. Lily spends her days working in a munitions factory, her nights picking metal out of her hair, and her lunchtimes kicking a ball with her workmates. Together they form a football team, the Rockets, and a league soon follows. But when the war ends, the girls lose both their jobs and their football. Not Lily. If her only chance of being a goalie is to play with the men, then that’s what she’ll do.

A timeless middle-grade story of football, friendship and determination from the acclaimed author of Valentine Joe and Rose in the Blitz

NaNoWriMo Nov Day 16: Rebecca Stevens

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Rebecca Stevens

Rebecca Stevens has always been highly creative. She has worked as an actor, a stand-up comedian and a scriptwriter for children’s television, writing for shows such as Mr Bean and Postman Pat. Valentine Joe is her first solo book, and her second novel for Chicken House, Rose in the Blitz, will be published in August 2016.

Valentine Joe

When fifteen-year-old Rose visits Belgium, she can feel the deep scars left there by the Great War.

But when she hears the sound of marching late at night, she does not expect to see the ghosts of the past from her window …

Rose’s granddad takes her on a trip to Ypres, Belgium, to visit the graves of those who died in the Great War. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, but Rose can sense the shattered old city beneath the chocolate-box new.

And it seems that it can sense her too.

When she goes up to her room that night, she hears the sound of marching feet and glimpses from her window a young soldier on his way to the front line …