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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408804212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408804216
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Hooper has been writing books for nearly thirty years. And before that she was writing short stories. Her early books about a pregnant teenager: MEGAN, are still very popular, one teacher calling the three books a "rite of passage".

Over the last five or so years she has been writing nothing but historical fiction, mostly for young adults, although NEWES FROM THE DEAD was actually written for an adult audience. This book has won several awards, including both the Hull and the Stockport Book Awards. The historian and novelist Alison Weir said that NEWES was "Stunning!" There are even plans to turn it into a musical, though if you know the content of the book you'll conclude that it would be a very unusual one.

Mary's book set in a Victorian undertaker's is called FALLEN GRACE and comes out in the UK in June 2010 and in the US a little later. Lucy Mangan, Guardian columnist, called it "Bloody Marvellous!" Her latest book is called VELVET and is about a 19th century medium. THE DISGRACE OF KITTY GREY is Mary's first Regency novel and will be published in May 2013.

Mary has a fan page on Facebook and her own website.

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Praise for 'Holly': 'Mary Hooper is another writer to watch and Holly is one of her best novels yet' Independent Praise for 'Megan': 'A story every teenager can empathise with, well-written and convincing throughout' Independent Praise for 'Megan': 'Teenage girls will love it' Observer

About the Author

Mary Hooper is a very popular writer for children and young adults. Mary's brilliant historical novels, At the House of the Magician, By Royal Command, At the Sign of the Sugared Plum, Petals in the Ashes and The Extraordinary Life and Times of Eliza Rose have a huge fan base, as do her contemporary novels for teenagers, such as the Megan series. Mary is very much in demand for her events at literary festivals and schools. She lives in Henley-on-Thames.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "angelviccy" on 1 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
wow, This book is exceedingly well written and i found it exteamly clever the way she got into the girls, Zara and Ella's heads, Mrs Hooper has written this book very well. I found it intresting that someone could have the courage to carry on this after just a joke around, One of them does take the 'laugh' to seriosly. I very much enjoyed this and if you have read other M.Hooper books you are certain to like this one. Fab job! well done!
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Zara is such a good book- I couldn't put it down!! It's about 2 girls who are best friends called Zara and Ella, who aren't very popular, so they decide it would be a laugh if Zara pretended she was physic, and together they managed to convince everyone that she was by using clever tricks like codes!
But then everything got out of hand and Zara started doing freaky things like seances and reveals everyones secrets, which just causes trouble in their class. Everyone, including Ella is starting to believe she has powers, but they are all starting to get scared. I think Mary Hooper is very skilled and can't wait to read more of her books! I advise anyone between the ages of 11 and 16 to read Zara. Believe me, you won't regret it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar 2006
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I think the problem I had when reading this book was the fact that I left it too late. At fifteen, it didn't really interest me anymore; but had I read it when I was about twelve, I'm convinced I would have loved it. Even though when I read it I was slightly bored by it, I've marked it up to four stars bearing in mind it's target audience.
It's about the unlikely friendship of Ella and Zara. Zara is always getting eccentric ideas and plans, while Ella is admittedly slightly embarrassed by her best friend. At first this appears to be just another story about just another friendship, which is why I was so bored by it to begin with. It's only at the end, where suddenly the novel twists, that it starts getting interesting.
Young teen girls will enjoy this book. However, other books by Mary Hooper are better than this one: the Megan series and Amy, to name a few.
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By A Customer on 1 July 2005
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Mary Hooper really has a knack of getting under the skin of a teenager. I found this book really true to life; just the sort of thing that me and my friend would have done if we'd been brave enough! And the reaction of the other girls is soooo believeable. If you like Jacqueline Wilson books and are ready for something just a bit older, then try it - it's fantastic. Especially the really spooky bit at the end.
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I love this author for teen readers as she always shows the darker side of the world and what CAN happen. Great education.
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