Hodder's Silver list is making timeless science fiction and fantasy titles available for a new generation of readers - and reacquainting existing fans with favourite works from the past.
50 years on from Come Lucky April...
April and David have confronted the orthodoxy - they believe girls and boys should be able to grow up together. They determine to send their son away, to spare him the humilation of castration. '
Hal spends several years there, waiting for the ban to be lifted. He befriends the daughters of the family he lives with - but when he challenges his 'father' he is sent from the house, and discovers a new life in the lawless part of the settlement. He realises he needs to help the girls he can to escape and return to Croydon. How can he save them?
Life back in Croydon things are changing, too. People are dying. Beliefs are being challenged. Are things any better than they were 150 years ago? Is there hope for the future?
Praise for Plague 99: A cross between Lord of the Flies and Day of the Triffids... it is better written than anything by Wyndham and I prefer her characters to Golding's unconvincing schoolboys. - Guardian
Jean Ure is an award-winning, popular children's author. She spends a great deal of time in schools in Croydon, where she lives. She has won the Lancashire Book Award for Plague 99 and Stockton Book Award for Whistle and I'll come. Jean and her husband work for animal rights and live with 7 rescued dogs and 4 rescued cats.