When fifteen-year-old Queenie escapes from the squalid slums of nineteenth-century London, she has no idea about the dangers of the dark world she is about to become embroiled in. Initially thrilled at being taken on as a maid for the seemingly respectable Waters sisters, Queenie comes to realise that something is very wrong with the dozens of strangely silent babies being 'adopted' into the household. Meanwhile, lonely and unloved sixteen-year-old Ellen is delighted when her handsome and charming young cousin Jacob is sent to live with her family. She thinks she has finally found a man to fall in love with and rely on, but when Jacob cruelly betrays her she finds herself once again at the mercy of her cold-hearted father. Soon the girls' lives become irrevocably entwined in this tension-filled drama. THE QUIETNESS is a novel of friendship and trust in the darkest of settings.
About the Author
Alison grew up in Liverpool, and now lives in a medieval house in Somerset with her three teenage children, her partner - a carpenter - an extremely naughty Jack Russell and a ghost cat. She has co-authored a number of non-fiction titles on subjects as diverse as growing old, mad monarchs, how to boil a flamingo, the history of America and the biography of a nineteenth-century baby killer. She has worked as a fashion designer, a production controller, a painter and decorator, a barmaid, and now owns and runs a vintage tea room. THE QUIETNESS is Alison's first novel for young adult readers.
Their (Queenie and Ellen's) voices cut through the decades, making their despair heard. The Observer An excellent work of historical fiction perfectly written for teenagers. We Love This Book
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13+ years old
For Grades: 11+
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 1.7 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23