A comet shaped like a silver blade slashes the sky - Jem sees it as an omen of conflict and change, as the wheels of the Industrial Revolution gather speed.
The Luddites are rioting. Everywhere there is talk of rebellion. When machinery is brought to the local mill Jem knows where his loyalties lie. And soon he finds himself caught up in a conflict which might destroy him and his family for ever. An exciting story of divided loyalties, by a million-copy-selling author.
Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is a key supporter of a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children. Alan is an honorary CILIP member.
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