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Children's Book of the Month

Adventure, mystery and a zap of magic - this is a warm-hearted, engaging story with a heroine you'll love

Robin Stevens

Lightning Chase Me Home - Amber Lee Dodd

Amelia Hester McLeod is named after two of her mum's favourite explorers. Two amazing, fearless, awesome women: Amelia Earhart and Lady Hester Stanhope. But Amelia herself doesn't always feel very brave or very bright. She lives on a windblown island in a creaky old house right beneath the North Star. Her dad is sad and silent since her mum left them, and her absent-minded grandpa suddenly seems convinced something strange is about to happen to her.



Meet the Author - Amber Lee Dodd

Amber Lee Dodd teaches creative writing, has a blue belt in kickboxing and briefly lived in a Scottish castle. Her dream is to go on an adventure to the Arctic, or to ride across the Arabian Desert, like the lady adventures in Lighting Chase Me Home. But she mostly spends her time by the sea dressed in 1940’s clothes, coming up with stories.

Her plays have been performed at the Minerva Theatre, New Theatre Royal and the Edinburgh Fringe. Her short stories have been published around the world and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her first book We Are Giants was nominated for ten awards, winning the Calderdale Book of the Year and short listing for the Branford Boase Award.