Do you have a non-reading child living in your care? Say, around 13 or 14 years old? Or just a reluctant reader, perhaps? Or a child who complains that a book which can compare with the thrills of playing Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Resistance: Fall of Man, Halo, Resident Evil on Playstation, Wii or Xbox, or whatever, has yet to be written?
Do you feel you have failed your child? Well, don’t despair…
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. They want blood and guts, well, give ’em blood and guts.
Charlie Higson, author of the Young Bond series, has written an awful new series which turned the non-reader in my household into a book gobbler… overnight.
Please note: Your child may never be the same again, but at least you won’t have to feel guilty for having a non-reader in your care.
by Charlie Higson
They’ll chase you. They’ll rip you open. They’ll feed on you . . .
When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult – fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.
Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive.
Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown-ups lie in wait.
But can they make it there – alive?
A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen.
DEATH WALKS THE STREETS.
NOWHERE IS SAFE.
Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren’t the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them.
Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids – nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult. Greg, a butcher, who claims he’s immune to the disease.
They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world. But as a fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won’t all survive . . .
‘Lord of the Flies with zombies . . . tons of nail-biting action’
Rick Riordan, creator of PERCY JACKSON
‘Higson has got the balance of blood and gore just right’
WARNING – CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND SCENES OF VIOLENCE
HE DOESN’T KNOW IT, BUT DOGNUT IS ABOUT TO SET OFF A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT WILL AFFECT EVERY KID IN THE CITY.
The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen.
Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups . . .
AND THEY AREN’T GIVING UP
DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait.
But who are their friends and who are the enemy in this changed world?
‘BRUTAL, BLOOD-SOAKED, FULL OF ZOMBIES . . . IT’S ACE’ – FHM.com
‘FAST-PACED AND EXCITING – Observer
About the Contributor
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French, Korean and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for over twenty-five years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au.