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I'm a children's author whose first book 'Zelah Green: Queen of Clean' is published by Egmont UK and won the Manchester Children's Book Awards 2010. It was also shortlisted for the 2010 Young Minds, the 2009 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the NASEN awards and the 2010 Bolton Children's Book Awards. I now write historical novels for young adults, including the Carnegie-longlisted 'The Earth is Singing' which also won the Young Quills Award and is published by Usborne. Usborne are to publish 'The One Who Knows My Name', my story of a girl who finds out that she's been stolen by the Nazis as part of Himmler's 'Lebensborn' programme, in February 2019 when they will also republish 'The Earth is Singing' as an Usborne Modern Classic.

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Ghost Story - out today!

I was really pleased to see that my book for young teens 'The Haunting of Tabitha Grey' (Egmont) has been published a week early. It's been my ambition for ages to write and publish a ghost story, because I love them so much myself and am very interested in the paranormal. A lot of what happens in 'Tabitha' is stuff that has happened to me or to people who work at Preston Manor (the house which is Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 26, 2012 07:06 Tags: ghost-story
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The Stolen Ones by Vanessa Curtis
"I loved the raw feeling that came out through this book. And it has led me onto a topic of Nazi Germany that I didn't know existed. All in all, this was a wonderful book and a great read. "
The Stolen Ones by Vanessa Curtis
"The stolen ones follows the story of a german girl who’s In love with a Jewish boy and she can’t tell her family as her dad is a x-soldier and the Germans are still set in the ways of hitler. Each year on her birthday a letter comes through the door " Read more of this review »
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"There have been many books written about the horror of the Holocaust. This young adult book was heartbreaking and eye opening. The authors family originated from Latvia which the book is set in Riga. The story tells by a 15 years old student at a bal" Read more of this review »
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“I’m so stressed that a weird Olympic-style commentary starts up in my head.
And here we have Zelah Green, the fourteen-year-old champion of rituals, attempting the
afternoon toilet-touching event for the first time …
I take my first faltering step towards the rim.
And she’s approaching the target, booms the voice. Steady approach, good footwork …
My right hand, naked and trembling, is now hovering over the inside of the toilet.
Will she set a new world record? screams the voice. Will Zelah Green take the gold medal for
bravery and/or total stupidity?
‘I’m going in!’ I say.
I skim the curved cool surface of the bowl with the fingertips of my right hand and jump back as if
I’ve been electrified.
And she’s done it! shrieks the commentator. Zelah Green wins the gold medal for toilet touching!”
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message 1: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 03, 2018 09:29AM)

Stephanie Fitzgerald Oh, wow, The One Who Knows My Name sounds wonderful; it’ now on my 2019-to-be-read list! I definitely want to read The Earth is Singing, also. My husband and I just finished a t.v. series called X-Company about the Resistance during WW2. It was a great show, but heart-breaking, also.
Thanks for accepting my friend request, Vanessa!😃


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