Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Chantelle Atkins joins Pict Publishing

We're thrilled to announce that contemporary women's fiction and YA author Chantelle Atkins joins Pict Publishing today.

💖 About Chantelle Atkins

Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England, and still lives there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets.

She is addicted to both reading and music, and is on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. Chantelle writes for both the young adult and adult audiences.

Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. She has published a number of novels – The Mess Of MeThe Boy With The Thorn In His SideThis Is Nowhere and The Tree of Rebels – as well as a collection of short stories. Her next novel, Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature, is due out on 5 October.

💖 Chantelle Atkins' books

💖 The Mess of Me

"I remember my Nana once saying everyone should have at least one good summer in their lives, one summer that they never forget. I think, this is not a bad way to start my sixteenth year. This is not a bad way to start our summer. And I give Joe a slow smile."

Sixteen year old Lou wants to be thinner. Joe is her best friend and last night they found something they shouldn't have in his older brothers' wardrobe. Leon and Travis are shady figures, living shadier lives, and one summer, Lou and Joe find themselves mixed up in the drama, the confusion and the violence.

Will Lou's weight loss obsession spiral out of control? Is Marianne, her self-harming friend, really her friend, or an enemy in disguise? And will Lou and Joe ever be more than just best friends?

Reluctant drug running, extreme dieting, kissing the wrong boys, family drama and first love. Lou Carling is about to have one messy summer.

💖 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

"I don't have my headphones on yet, but the music is always there. I have a constant walking soundtrack to my life, you see. There is a song for everything." 

In the decade of Grunge and Britpop, 13-year-old music fan Danny is on a mission to deter unsuitable men from his beautiful single mother. With best friend Michael on board and first love on the horizon, things are looking good. But the good times are shattered when powerful nightclub owner Lee Howard sweeps Danny’s mother off her feet.

Howard is a dangerous man who has twisted plans for Danny…

Told from both Danny and Howard’s points of view, who is Howard and what does he ultimately want? As Danny seeks escape through music, he finds a loyal ally in troublemaker Michael, but are they making an enemy of a man who will be a thorn in their sides for years to come?

A dark and powerful drama about friendship, music and the choice between escaping or fighting back.

💖 This Is Nowhere

Jake Morgan has never been scared of dying. It's living he can't quite commit to. Homeless, jobless and aimless, he thinks he's happy. Then one night his estranged sister Gina calls him back to the home he ran away from as a teenager. Their father is suffering from dementia and she thinks it is about time Jake grew up.

With nowhere else to go, and loan sharks on his back, Jake returns to the small village he grew up in. He goes back to help his father but ends up being forced to face the question he ran from. What really happened to his mother who vanished in 1996? Jake decides it's time he had some answers if only to stop himself constantly wondering what the point of his existence is.

Will he be able to get Gina on side to uncover the truth? Will his confused father be able to help him work out what was wrong with his mother? And when he finds it, will Jake really be able to handle the truth?

This Is Nowhere is a story about a family blown apart by untold truths. A mystery that must be solved in order for a fragile young man to find some meaning in life.

💖 The Tree Of Rebels

"There will always be those who say no, Lissie. There will always be those who do not believe what they are told. There will always be those who rebel." 

It's 2145. 13-year-old Lissie Turner lives in the peaceful community of Province 5. Everyone is provided for and everyone is grateful. Everyone obeys the rules. Lissie has never questioned her society until she falls into a daydream and wanders beyond the fence that keeps them safe. She finds an apple tree which changes her life and threatens to blow her world apart.

Growing food has been forbidden since the last war ended 70 years ago. All food is raised under the Domes. With the discovery of the tree, Lissie finds herself breaking the rules. And if she believes what her dying Great-Grandmother has been trying to tell her, she must question everything she has ever been told.

Who really started the Endless War? And is it really over? As she uncovers the shocking truth, Lissie must choose between conformity and rebellion, between living a lie and tearing her peaceful community apart...

A YA dystopian adventure about a future disconnected from nature.

💖 Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature

Twelve-year-old Elliot Pie lives a solitary life with his agoraphobic mother. He is desperate to help her and he also wants to find out what happened to his Uncle Liam, who walked out one night leaving his dog and his car in the back garden.

While his mother sinks further into the darkness, Elliot finds comfort in people-watching. He is determined to prove to her that good people still exist and when a stranger is kind to him one day, a plan is hatched. A plan to save his mother. A plan that might help him find Uncle Liam.

Elliot's collection of strangers all have stories to tell about human nature, but is he placing his trust in the wrong people? Or is the real danger closer to home?

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