“Lydia’s last thought before darkness closed over her mind was that the strange, swirling storm had trapped her.”

When she is wrongly accused of being a thief, a furious Lydia flees onto the moors – and is snatched by an extraordinary storm which whirls her into the future. But in this computer-dominated future, her home town is ruled by a cruel tyrant… someone with whom Lydia turns out to have a great deal in common. Before she can get back to her own time, she must face a terrifying confrontation… Blending a gripping futuristic fantasy with a moral message about what happens if we refuse to forgive and forget, this is Malorie Blackman at her dazzling best.

Winner of the 1996 Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Award.

“Spellbinding… must surely establish Malorie Blackman as one of today’s outstandingly imaginative and convincing writers.” The Junior Bookshelf

“Few writers can sustain a plot as well as Malorie Blackman.” The Sunday Telegraph

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    Malorie Blackman

    The former Children’s Laureate is the awardwinning author of over 50 books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence.


    Malorie Blackman’s many awards include the Red House and Sheffield Children’s Book Prizes for Noughts and Crosses. In 2005 she was awarded the Elearnor Farjeon prize for services to children’s literature; an OBE followed in 2008 and from 2013-15 she was the Children’s Laureate.

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