Author(s): Cathy MacPhail
Maxine's parents have had to do perhaps the worst possible thing: confirm the identity of her brother Derek's body by the clothes he was wearing when he disappeared. So the brother who was missing is now officially dead. But then the worst possible thing really happens: Maxine receives a telephone call from somebody saying he is her brother. She can hardly believe her ears. Has Derek come back from the dead? In this pacy thriller the author manages to confront many issues including: how different people deal with grief, the very underrated effect of severe bullying at school and sibling rivalry - all in a fast-paced compelling narrative voice.
Newly rejacketed to create a strong look Told with the the trademark pace and accessibility of the bestselling and much-loved Cathy MacPhail Cathy's novel Underworld was chosen for Booked Up 2009. Booked Up's goal is to encourage and support reading for pleasure among children in the Year 7 age group The author is hugely popular for her events and there will be a nationwide author tour around publication
Praise for Cathy MacPhail: 'Young adult fiction is going from strength to strength, led by authors like Catherine MacPhail' - The Bookseller 'Cathy MacPhail's novels are tuned to how teenagers talk and behave' - Times Educational Supplement Praise for Missing: 'A gritty, superior page-turner' - Guardian
Cathy MacPhail won the Kathleen Fidler Award with her novel Run Zan Run, and the Scottish Arts Council Award with Fighting Back. Roxy's Baby was one of the winners of the inaugural Royal Mail Book Awards. Cathy MacPhail's work is enormously popular with young teenagers, her trademarks being pacy and topical storylines. Cathy lives in Greenock, Scotland.