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Winner of the 2020 Waterstones Children's Book Prize
Winner of the 2020 Branford Boase Award
2019 Times (UK) Children's Book of the Year
Life in Bearmouth is one of hard labor and isolation, where daylight is a distant memory. Newt has lived in the mine since the age of four, and accepts everything from the harsh working conditions to the brutality of the overseers—until the mysterious Devlin arrives and Newt begins to ask “Why?” Against a background of creeping violence and rising tensions, this question drives a chain of events that confronts the pitiless Bearmouth system and threatens to destroy their entire world.
With an utterly distinctive voice and propulsive storytelling, this darkly atmospheric thriller announces the arrival of a singular new talent in young adult literature.
About the Author
Liz Hyder is a writer and multi-award-winning PR consultant in the arts with a BA in drama from the University of Bristol. She won Moniack Mhor’s 2018 Emerging Writer Award, and lives in South Shropshire, England.
This grim and immersive thriller delivers suspense in the dark. — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
[An] excellent fantasy debut....A mythic tale with the feel of a fable, one in which the young and vulnerable take on the powerful and mighty. — Guardian
A book about bravery in extremis by a writer as courageous as they come. — Times (UK)
Delving into politics, religion, power, and revolution—especially during a time of our own civil unrest—Hyder’s bleak world of dangerous coal mines and brutal labor provides the victorious ending we’re yearning for. — Booklist
Readers should relish Hyder’s ambitious, atmospherically rendered commentary on oppressive work situations and child labor. — Publishers Weekly