Overview

From award-winning author, Catherine Forde, comes Tug of War, a heart-warming story about one girl’s choices.



In 2012 The Emergency begins as terrorist bombs shatter cities around the UK and wreak havoc on normal life. Molly’s parents decide to send her and her brother, John, away from Glasgow to safety in the countryside. Molly is sent to Paradise Farm where she is cared for by Pernilla, who has always ...

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Tug of War

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Overview

From award-winning author, Catherine Forde, comes Tug of War, a heart-warming story about one girl’s choices.



In 2012 The Emergency begins as terrorist bombs shatter cities around the UK and wreak havoc on normal life. Molly’s parents decide to send her and her brother, John, away from Glasgow to safety in the countryside. Molly is sent to Paradise Farm where she is cared for by Pernilla, who has always wanted a child, and gives Molly everything she desires. Pernilla’s youthful enthusiasm is in stark contrast to Molly’s own frumpy, daggy mum. Molly is so caught up in her new life that she fails to take action when her friend, Fergal, tells her that John has been sent to live with an abusive farmer. It is not until her mother comes to visit that Molly realises how important her family is, and how close she is to losing them. But now she has to make a choice: Eeny-Meeny Miny mum. Who will Molly choose?



Praise for Catherine Forde’s books for young adults:



‘True to form, Sugarcoated is a caustic, abrasive thriller that burns to the heart of adolescent angst’ – The Bookseller on Sugarcoated



‘Another gripping story . . . from an author who never disappoints’ – Independent on Tug of War



‘A gripping and edgy thriller’ – The Bookseller on Firestarter



‘A novel that is both troubling and inspirational’ – Guardian on Skarrs



‘Should be force-fed to every secondary school child in the country’ – Sunday Telegraph on Fat Boy Swim



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Editorial Reviews

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"Another gripping story . . . from an author who never disappoints."  —The Independent

"Delicious."  —Sunday Telegraph

"One of the best children's books I've ever read.  It's raw, poetic, beautifully written and frighteningly real. The characters are alive, the use of language is stunning . . . dark, funny, bleak and ultimately hopeful."  —Kevin Brooks, author, Kissing the Rain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780317182
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
  • Publication date: 4/16/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 8 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Catherine Forde was discovered on the slush pile. Before turning to writing full time, she worked as a lexicographer for Collins and taught in secondary schools. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. All her books have received wide acclaim and Fat Boy Swim won the Grampian Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award and Booktrust Teenage Prize; The Drowning Pond was nominated for the Scottish Book Award and shortlisted for the Manchester Book Award; and Skarrs was longlisted for the Carnegie. Catherine's new thriller Sugarcoated is published in April 2008.




Cathy Forde’s novel Fat Boy Swim was discovered on Egmont’s slush pile in 2001. On publication it was shortlisted for many awards including the Blue Peter ‘Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. It won the Grampian Book Award in 2004 and in 2014 has been voted the joint winner of winners. Cathy has subsequently written many more novels for children and young adults, including the award-­‐winning Skarrs and The Drowning Pond.

Cathy’s novels have been translated into several languages and many titles are on school curriculums throughout the United Kingdom.

In 2011 Cathy’s first play, Empty was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, directed by Vicky Featherstone. She has been concentrating on playwriting since then : Chamber of Nothing (Pearson) for schools, and The Sunday Lesson and Supply for Glasgow Oran Mor’s A Play, A Pie, A Pint. She has written two touring pantomimes and in 2013, adapted her novel The Drowning Pond as a musical for Youth Music Theatre UK. A radio play, Baby’s Coming Back was produced by BBC Radio Scotland in 2013.

Cathy is on commission to National Theatre of Scotland, adapting Fat Boy Swim for the stage.

Cathy was the Scottish Book Trust virtual writer-­‐in-­‐residence 2010-­‐11 and 2011-­‐12 and is an experienced creative writing and drama tutor.

She lives in Glasgow.

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