Abbie Rushton is a winner of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Undiscovered Voices competition. She has a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing from the UEA, Norwich. Abbie used to be a part-time children’s bookseller, and now works in publishing, where she edits literacy resources for primary schools.
Abbie loves to travel, and has explored places such as Peru, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Iceland and Morocco. She is probably planning her next adventure right now!
Megan doesn't speak. She hasn't spoken in months. She's lost friends, alienated her mum and become the target for some of the nastiest girls at school. There are so many things locked inside Megan's head - things that are screaming to be heard - but some secrets are too dangerous to be let out. Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can't quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter. Megan is desperate to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?
Myla used to love spending long, hot days on the beach with her sister, Asha. Until the day Asha was taken from her and the sun went out. Forever.
That was two years ago. Myla hasn't been down to the beach - or even left the house - since. Crippling agoraphobia and panic attacks keep her locked inside a nightmare of the day she can never forget. Her main contact with the outside world is online - until she meets Jamie.
Jamie is new in town and also struggles with things most people find easy. Nobody gets why it's so hard for him to eat. But, like Myla, Jamie is trapped by his fears and feels anxious, awkward and alone.
Gradually the pair begin to trust each other. Are they willing to reveal their secrets - and risk discovering the truth? Or will they let their pasts consume them for good...