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Grave Matter

Written by Juno Dawson

Illustrated by Alex T. Smith

Part of the Super-readable YA Series

Key Stage 3 Gritty Reads Horror & Ghost Stories Thrillers

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Gothic tale of love and obsession

Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8

Teenage love is the subject of Juno Dawson’s thoroughly creepy new book for Barrington Stoke: ‘I think we love more freely… more playfully, with reckless abandon’, says Eliza to her boyfriend Sam shortly before she is killed in a car crash, which almost explains his actions after her death. Sam’s grief is all-encompassing, and he is prepared to do absolutely anything to see her again… It’s a genuinely chilling story, but Dawson keeps a playfulness there too, and finally leads Sam back to hopes of a happy future. Beautiful full page illustrations by Alex T Smith send more shivers down the spine; one to read with all the lights on.

Readers gripped by this dark story would enjoy short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, M R James and E F Benson.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.

Andrea Reece

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Grave Matter Synopsis

Grave Matter is a Gothic YA novella of love, obsession and the supernatural from the award-winning Queen of Teen Juno Dawson, collaborating for the first time with prize-winning illustrator Alex T. Smith. This is a real stand-out YA title with brilliant storytelling matched with stunning illustration and perfect for reluctant or struggling teen readers.

Since the crash, since Eliza died, Samuel can't find a way to go on. His need to see his love again is overwhelming, and so he ventures into the strange, terrifying world of Hoodoo. Samuel is about to make a pact with powers he cannot comprehend, let alone control...

A chilling tale of love that reaches beyond the grave.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781126042
Publication date: 27th September 2017
Author: Juno Dawson
Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 152 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Gritty Reads, Horror & Ghost Stories, Thrillers

About Juno Dawson

Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of 12 books, including bestselling YA novels Clean, Meat Market and Wonderland and adult memoir The Gender Games. Juno has contributed to news stories concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education across the media including BBC Breakfast, BBC R4 Woman's Hour, The Guardian and ITV This Morning. She was part of the BBC's 'The Novels That Shaped Our World Festival', and was chosen by Val McDermid as one of the ten most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK today. Until recently, Juno worked as a teacher, specialising ...

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