The author of the popular Magenta Orange series enters the YA market with this must-read dystopian novel about a world in which there are no parents, only nurturers, women who bear and raise the children, and breeders, men whose only responsibility is to have up to three children and then leave for a life of partying and watching TV, never to see or contract their kids or partners again. This is the world of the future until Angel and her friend, Micky Monkey Gibbon, discover that there are secret meetings off the radar but this knowledge could kill them. Mix a bit of romance and a lot of rebellion and you get the first in the exciting new Toxic Treacle series from best-selling author, Echo Freer. A thrilling YA book for all those who grew up loving Echo s critically acclaimed children s novels.
I'd been wanting to be a writer for 23 years - writing stories, sending them off, getting rejected year after year after year. But then, in January 2000, I had to have major surgery - and I died (technically!)It was the kick up the pants I needed so I gave up my day job as a teacher and set myself the target of fulfilling my dream and being a published author within one year. Four months after quitting teaching, I had a contract to write my first two books - Magenta Orange and Magenta in the Pink.
Since then I've written eight other books all for teenagers, the latest of which is Toxic Treacle.
I now spend my life writing and visiting schools - how brilliant is that?
My other loves are my family (obviously!) yoga, swimming, cycling, theatre, cinema and reading - although I'm very, very slow. I'm dyslexic, so reading and spelling have always been a problem for me. A teacher once threw a book at me because my spelling was so bad and I don't recall ever finishing a book until I was in my 20s! No wonder I failed O Level English - twice. (That's GCSE in today's money!) But I'm in a book group now, so I have to read a book a month and it's a good discipline for me. After all, the more you practise something, the better you get.
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