The Haven

Written by Simon Lelic

Part of the The Haven Series

Key Stage 3

LoveReading View on The Haven

Oliver Twist meets Cherub in this dynamic contemporary thriller

This high-octane, high-stakes London-set thriller is a fast-paced read with contemporary resonance about kids who get caught up in gang culture as a result of being forgotten by government and overlooked by adults.

Orphan Ollie’s life is turned upside-down when his guardian is captured and attacked in front of him and he discovers The Haven, a secret subterranean organisation of kids and teenagers who look after and educate each other with no adult intervention. “We’ve come to realise that grown-ups don’t always have kids’ interests at heart,” explains one of The Haven’s leaders. This stimulating set-up is propelled by a gripping race against time to find a missing kid, the murderous menace of a woman bent on destroying the city, and the threat that The Haven itself might be dying as a result of diminishing incomers and depleting donations from former members.

The compellingly thought-provoking concept is deftly delivered through accessibly snappy writing and, as such, I’d recommend it to reluctant readers and those with shorter attention spans as well as devoted fans of teen thrillers, providing as it does an instant hit of action, intrigue and narrative energy. What’s more, this is the first in a series, and readers will no doubt be left eagerly awaiting the second instalment.

Joanne Owen

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The Haven Synopsis

An adrenaline-fuelled adventure in a new series by top thriller writer Simon Lelic.

Ollie Turner isn't sure he's ready to be a hero ... Our city. Our secret. Our rules. Alone. On the run. Ollie Turner has nowhere to hide. But he gets a second chance. Underneath the city there's a secret organisation, far from adult eyes. It's called The Haven. Soon Ollie is caught up in their battle: to stop Maddy Sikes destroying the city. Time is running out for Ollie and his new friends, and millions of lives are at stake ...

An explosive and compelling read from the writer of adult thrillers The House, The Child Who and Rupture.

The Haven Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Adventurous, and thrilling. Full of character and great plot. Full review

Harsh Budhdeo (Age 11)

The Haven is an interesting action book that starts slowly and builds into a great read. Rog is a great charcter because of his morals and leadership skills. Boys and girls will like this book and I cant wait for the next book. Full review

Ethan Watkin (Age 11)

Haven is an action packed book, rammed full or adventure and danger. I loved reading this book. Full review

Bella Rix-Clancy (Age 11)

The Haven - one moment, you think you’re safe; the next, a knife in your back! Full review

Freddie Barth von Wehrenalp (Age 11)

The Haven Press Reviews

'What a cool idea. Modern street kids doing it for themselves and kicking adult butt.' Charlie Higson

'One of those grab 'em by the throat thrillers that takes off on the first page.' Eoin Colfer

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444947601
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Simon Lelic
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3

About Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic is a writer of crime and thriller novels for adults - winner of the Betty Trask Award, shortlisted for the CWA Dagger Awards and the Galaxy National Book Awards. He lives in Brighton with his wife and three children. Other than his family, reading is Simon's biggest passion. He also holds a black belt in karate, in which he trains daily. Author photo © Kate Eshelby 

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