Marsh End. Lonely, isolated and bleak. Sophia's mum loves it. Sophia thinks nothing ever happens in this dead end place. That is until Revenge House begins to reveal its murky secrets, and Sophia and her mum find themselves sucked into a brutal criminal underworld that will eventually threaten their lives. Ages 10+.
When Sophia and her mum move into Revenge House, on the lonely and windswept Romney Marshes, little do they know how the timbers of the ancient building are steeped in the secretive life of the marshes. They are both struggling to cope with the death of Sophia's father, although Sophia is embarking on a tentative romance with a local boy who is sensitive to her feelings. But suddenly they all find themselves sucked in to a criminal underworld that will eventually threaten their lives.
Bernard Ashley's last novel for Orchard. Little Soldier, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. His other titles for the Orchard Black Apple list include the City Limits series, a hard-edged series set in an inner city, and the highly acclaimed Tiger without Teeth. A former primary head teacher, Bernard now writes full time. He lives in London.