Enter a world as vast and dark as your imagination, in this unforgettable coming-of-age story about courage, friendship and finding your voice.
The real world is a hostile place for twelve-year-old Bren, his schooldays stalked by vicious bully, Shaun, and his family life fractured at home. Ever since his sister Evie died in an accident, Bren's only safe space is Furthermoor, an imagined world of mechanised trees and clockwork animals, where Evie is still alive. In Furthermoor, no one can hurt Bren...until the mysterious Featherly arrives. Now Bren is forced to confront his deepest fears and decide if his place in the real world is worth fighting for.
Praise for Scavengers
A Guardian/Observer Best Book of 2019
“[An] emotive coming-of-age tale queries love and loyalty, our throwaway society, and what exactly it is that walls keep out and in. That’s a lot to pack into what is, at heart, a hard-to-put-down tale of tweenage derring-do.” -The Observer
“A book unlike any other – I was totally unprepared for the twists!” – Alex Wheatle, Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
“This coming-of-age novel raises questions about the throwaway culture and the building of walls.” – Socialist Review
Praise for The Memory Thieves
“Pacy, profound and original” - The Observer
“Simpson combines fast-paced visual storytelling with a complex, thought-provoking message about coming to terms with the past.” – The Guardian
“Gripped me from the very first page - vivid storytelling, wonderful world-building and characters you'll think about long after the end.” - Jasbinder Bilan, author of Asha & The Spirit Bird
“Marvellously visual and gripping” - A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets
About the author
Darren Simpson is the critically acclaimed author of Scavengers and The Memory Thieves, recently nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2022.
Darren lives in Nottingham with his wife and two mischievous boys, and spends most of his time pretending he knows what he's doing. After not quite making it as a drummer in a rock band, Darren turned to writing and discovered that it's a fun way not only to escape reality, but also to explore and confront it in unusual ways. He can usually be found lost in his headphones or eating cake mix with a spoon.
Marketing and PR info
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