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Twice Carnegie medal winning Geraldine McCaughrean's enthralling new novel is set in a world paralysed by natural disaster and dangerous lies.
Fifteen-year-old Gloria is maid to Afalia's tyrannical Head of State, Madame Suprema. When the country is hit by unprecedented flooding, Madame Suprema runs away, fearing she will be blamed for the crisis. To cover up this cowardly act, Gloria is made to step into Madame Suprema's shoes and is thrust into a world of corrupt and desperate politicians. As Gloria becomes aware of the forces toying with her every move, she must take decisions that could save, or end, thousands of lives - including her own...
A brilliant and darkly funny commentary on our present times by one of our greatest writers.
“McCaughrean writes extraordinary books” The Sunday Times
“An awe-inspiring writer.” – The Sunday Telegraph
Carnegie Award Winner
Blue Peter Award Winner
Costa Book Awards Winner
Nestle Children’s Book Prize Winner
American Library Association Award Winner
Indie Book Award Winner
Michael Printz Award Winner
Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominee
From the author of Where the World Ends :
“From this tragedy McCaughrean has created a wonderful love story.” Michael Morpurgo
“A tragic yet beautiful novel about the power of stories.” Sarah Crossan
“This is the best book I've read this year. Extraordinary...” Kiran Millwood Hargrave