In the depths of a reservoir lives a monstrous creature. Its existence is unknown to anyone except the teenage boy who feeds it. Six years ago it was a vicious little baby. Now it has grown huge, and its rusting cage can't hold it much longer... Stephen is a boy with many secrets, and the Beast is the biggest. His life in foster care, always bad, is getting worse, and he' in trouble with the police. All the odds are against him finding a decent place in the world, but his efforts to free himself o the Beast make him a hero that readers will never forget.
Ally Kennen grew up on a small, organic farm near Exmoor.
Before becoming an author, she had many jobs including working as an archaeologist, a classroom helper, a museum guard, a giant teddy bear and a singer and songwriter.
Her first novel BEAST, written during an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and published in 2006 by Marion Lloyd Books, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Carnegie Medal and won the 2007 Manchester Book Award. Her second novel BERSERK won the North East Teenage Book Award and the Leicester Book of the Year Award 2008. BEDLAM is her third novel and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2009
SPARKS, published in May 2010, has been longlisted for the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. It is for readers aged 8/9 and above.
QUARRY, a teen chiller, was published in February 2011 and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the UKLA 2012
BULLET BOYS, a new teen thriller, was longlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
MIDNIGHT PIRATES, her new book, is an adventure story set in Cornwall for
readers age 9+.
Ally lives in Somerset with her husband, three children, six chickens and four cats.
No woman has ever beaten her in an arm wrestle. Yet.