The Year of The Rat

The Year of The Rat

For Ages: 11 and up
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase prize and longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, this sensitive and beautifully written novel will stay with you.

I always thought you'd know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you'd sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you'd better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over.
But it turns out it's not like that at all. There's no scary music playing in the background like in films. No warning signs. Not even a lonely magpie. One for sorrow, Mum used to say. Quick, look for another.
The world can tip at any moment … a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother's death, Pearl's story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister - The Rat - is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around…
  • Simon & Schuster Children's UK | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471120282 | 
  • January 2015
List Price £7.99

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Clare Furniss

Clare Furniss grew up in London and moved to Birmingham in her teens. After brief stints as a waitress, a shop assistant and working at the Shakespeare Centre Library, she studied at Cambridge and Aberdeen. Clare went on to work in media relations and is now a full-time writer living in Bath. You can follow her on Twitter @clarefurniss and find out more information on her website www.clarefurniss.com.

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