What would you do if you met your own ghost
Twelve-year-old Kit Connelly has been saved from almost certain death ... by a ghost. A ghost who looks a lot like a fourteen-year-old version of herself.
Believing that her ghost must have saved her for a reason and knowing that she only has two years left to make her mark, Kit decides to do something life-changing. But her plan to save the world takes her on a nightmare journey involving a crazed rock singer, an old World War II fort in the Thames Estuary - and a spectacular siege that brings Kit's story to a dramatic and surprising conclusion.
Spooked is a tale of love and friendship, loss and loneliness, but above all, a story of growing up - and not always wanting to.
Paul Bryers is an award-winning novelist, scriptwriter and director whose books for children and young adults include the Mysteries of the Septagram trilogy, Kobal, Avatar and Abyss. His latest novel Spooked - a ghost story set in South London - is published by Hachette Childrens' Books on August 1st 2013.
Paul's adult fiction includes Hollow Target which won an Arts Council award for Best First Novel and In a Pig's Ear which was named as one of The Guardian's five Best Novels of the Year. He also writes historical naval adventures under the name Seth Hunter, the latest of which, The Spoils of Conquest, was published on July 4th this year.
He was series producer, writer and director of the TV series Queen Victoria's Empire for PBS which won the outstanding achievement award at the New York Film Festival, and he has been nominated for a BAFTA and the Grierson Award for Best British documentaries. His films for Channel Four include Incident in Judea with Mark Rylance, Jim Carter and John Woodvine, The Golden Years, by Arthur Miller, with Ronald Pickup, Robert Powell and Kathy Tyson, A Vote for Hitler and Incident in Judea.