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Clockwise to Titan
About the book
Winter tightens its grip and escape seems impossible. As the children weave together stories from their past, present and imaginations, the truth becomes harder and harder to bear. Chased by rabid dogs, hounded by Marshals with guns, and hiding from military helicopters, only the long line of wires and the lure of another way of life pulls them towards their goal.
A story of hope, peril and the fight against tyranny, this brilliant debut is the perfect book for adventurous young readers.
'What's that? What are they up to now?' wailed Harete.
'A siren,' I wheezed. 'Perhaps we've been spotted.'
'What's their game?'
'Chess,' said Moth. We lumbered onto pylon five, the terror behind us hidden in the freezing, ground-hugging cloud. 'We move forwards one pylon-square at a time, like pawns!'
He was wrong. You can only move to an empty square in chess, and each of ours already had a castle on it, a tower made of metal struts.
'Hide and seek,' panted Harete. Wrong again, I thought, stumbling over the muddy corrugations and trying to ignore the cold air that cut my lungs, for in that game you take turns. Our game was one I'd seen played when I was a child, staying in the slum apartment of a distant aunt. A plump cockroach was scurrying over the floor, resisting every attempt by my aunt to trap it under a cup. So she lifted up an edge of the carpet and started to laboriously roll it up. Soon, the cockroach was trapped in a narrow gap between the advancing tube of rolled rug and the wall. Next, my aunt ran a coal shovel sideways along the gap, until the cockroach was hemmed into a corner. Then she dropped a flat iron on it.
Letter from the editor
Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director
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