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Children's Book of the Month

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A breathtaking novel about survival and existance



The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

In a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful. Mhairi Anne Bain owns only two things: a gun with no bullets and her identity papers. The world is a shell of what it once was.

Now, you must prove yourself worthy of existence at every turn, at every border checkpoint. And if you are going to survive, your instincts will become your most valuable weapon. Mhairi has learnt the importance of living her own story, of speaking to no one.

But then she meets a young boy with no voice at all, and finds herself risking everything to take him to safety. And so Mhairi and the silent boy travel the road north. But there are rumours that things in Scotland have changed since she has been away.

What Mhairi finds there is shocking and heart-breaking, but might finally re-connect her to her sense of self and to the possibility of love. An extraordinary story about survival and what it costs, about the power of small kindnesses to change everything.

Meet the Author - Nicky Singer

Nicky Singer’s writing career kicked off at school, when she won a bar of chocolate for a story she’d written. This is easy money, she thought, I’ll do this again …

Nicky is now an author of many books for children and adults across fiction and non-fiction. She has also written plays. Her first children’s book Feather Boy won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award and was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and commissioned by the National Theatre as a musical. In 2012 her play Island (about ice-bears and the nature of reality) premiered at the National Theatre and toured 40 London schools. She subsequently re-wrote Island as a novel with illustrations by former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell. Nicky lives in Brighton but always feels like she is coming home when she crosses the border into Scotland, the land of her grandparents.

Sadly, these days she is rarely paid in bars of chocolate.


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