This is a gripping, powerful, and heart-warming story about one girl's choices.
In 2012, The Emergency begins as terrorist bombs shatter cities around the UK and wreak havoc on normal life. Molly's parents decide to send her and her brother, John, away from Glasgow to safety in the countryside.
Molly is sent to Paradise Farm where she is cared for by Pernilla, who has always wanted a child, and gives Molly everything she desires. Pernilla's youthful enthusiasm is in stark contrast to Molly's own frumpy, daggy mum.
Molly is so caught up in her new life that she fails to take action when her friend, Fergal, tells her that John has been sent to live with an abusive farmer. It is not until her mother comes to visit that Molly realises how important her family is, and how close she is to losing them.
About the Author
Catherine Forde was discovered on the slush pile. Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lexicographer for Collins and taught in secondary schools. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. All her books, Fat Boy Swim, Skarrs, The Drowning Pond and Firestarter have received rave reviews.
"'One of the best children's books I've ever read. It's raw, poetic, beautifully written and frighteningly real. The characters are alive, the use of language is stunning... dark, funny, bleak and ultimately hopeful.' The Bookseller said of Firestarter"
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 12
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st September 2007
Dimensions (cm): 19.939 x 13.513 x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.286