This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it's not a horror story though some people might be horrified. It's not a monster story either, even though there is a monster in it and that monster happens to be me. Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious island community of Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as the friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she's not the only one with something to hide. From the author of the critically-acclaimed Tall Story, comes a haunting, intense and moving novel which weaves myths and ghosts into a modern setting. As Rosa's social life blossoms, how will she seize the freedom to be who she really is?
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Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author based in London. Her debut novel Tall Story won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Book Award in the Philippines. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 prizes including the Blue Peter, the Waterstones Prize and the Branford Boase. When she's not blogging, Candy loves taking photographs and making videos. Shine is her second novel. www.candygourlay.comReview:
"Gourlay has created something very special here ... [Shine] is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world ... all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax... She has truly found her voice." -- Philip Ardagh Guardian "[An] irresistibly exotic story of family, friendship, ghosts and legends ... A sparkling jewel of a story." Booktrust "Both thrilling and emotive" Inis "Has you laughing and crying at the same time. You despair at people's prejudice. But then there are people who make you believe in humanity again. I can't tell you what style Shine is written in. You just don't notice. It just feels perfect." Bookwitch "There is a deftness of touch ... This is a moving story about family secrets and the importance of communication and connection." -- Jake Inky Droplets
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