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The One Safe Place

Tania Unsworth

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Children's Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

A beautifully imagined and mesmerising novel in which Devin and Kit seek to uncover the deadly secrets of the Gabriel H. Penn Home for Childhood.

Those who enter the Gabriel H. Penn Home for Childhood only get to leave one way...

NEVER LET ME GO for teens, THE ONE SAFE PLACE is the debut novel from Tania Unsworth - a gripping, fast-paced and disconcerting dystopia.

In the near future the gap between rich and poor has become insurmountable. Life as a street child in the big city is only made bearable by who, and what, you know. And by the rumour circulating of a haven for children, a place of true safety. This rumour appears to be nothing more than a fairy-tale until Devin, and his new friend Kit, meet someone who promises to take them there. But when Devin and Kit arrive they begin to understand the real price of safety...

A disconcerting vision and a beautifully imagined novel of suspense and adventure from debut author, Tania Unsworth.

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Praise for The One Safe Place

  • I loved how the story, almost subconsciously, tackled more than one issue underneath its outer layer - GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS

  • This book has echoes of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and in many ways, although clearly aimed at the teenage market, is as compelling as an adult read. Written in a simple, almost matter-of-fact style which fits the subject matter very well and with a satisfying ending, it's a very believable story and an excellent debut for Tania Unsworth. - WE LOVE THIS BOOK

  • Wonderfully original, a little sinister, this debut is a cracker - THE SUN

  • ... an unputdownable read that had me gripped from the opening scene, and ultimately left me feeling grateful that this dystopia is a fictional one - THE BOOKBAG

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Tania Unsworth

Tania has published two novels for adults with Viking/Fig Tree - THE SEAHORSE and BEFORE WE BEGAN. THE ONE SAFE PLACE is her first children's novel. She is the daughter of the late Booker prize winning novelist, Barry Unsworth. She lives in Boston, USA, with her husband and two boys, but travels frequently to the UK. Visit her author website and follow her on Twitter @TaniaUnsworth1

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