The Year of The Rat

The Year of The Rat

For Ages: 11 and up
Pearl's baby sister is The Rat. She's the reason Pearl's mum died, the reason everything changed forever, and Pearl can't forgive her for that. Because losing her mum is the hardest thing that has happened to Pearl and no one, not her dad, her interfering granny, her best friend - and especially not her new little sister - can break down the barriers she's putting up. But what if Pearl's mum isn't completely gone? What if, somehow, she's still here? The world may tip at any moment, Pearl knows that now. The trick is finding something to hold on to…


  • 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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