The Children of Castle Rock
On this shortlist:
Natasha Farrant writes partly because “in my stories I can live the lives I’m not”. She has worked in children's publishing for nearly twenty years. She runs her own literary scouting agency. She is the author of the Carnegie longlisted and Branford Boase shortlisted Young Adult historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels. Natasha was shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award 2014, and the second Bluebell Gadbsy book, Flora in Love, is longlisted for the Guardian Children's Prize. She lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.
When Alice Mistlethwaite is shipped off to boarding school in Scotland it’s nothing like she imagines. Run by the mysterious Major, there are no punishments and the students are more likely to be taught about body painting or extreme survival than maths or English! Then Alice’s dad goes missing and she must run away to find him. Can she persuade her new friends to help? So begins an epic quest across wild Scottish highlands and islands, where friendships will be made and broken, lies will be untangled and the children will face danger and excitement at every turn. Both hilarious and heartfelt, this is the classic adventure story brought bang up to date, and told in Natasha’s inimitable voice.
Natasha is a Londoner born and bred.
She is ‘three-quarters French with a little bit of Dutch thrown in’.
She would like a horse, a large old house with a secret passages, a fig tree, a walnut tree, lots of dogs and rolling hills on one side of her and the sea on the other.
Natasha enjoys lots of conversations with her cat, Amber.
Evelyn from Thorpe Primary School :
Matthew from Calverley c of e primary school :
Nina from Calverley C.E Primary School:
Phoebe from Calverley C of E:
reece from raynville primary school:
Abby from Grange Farm Primary School:
Chloe from Grange Farm Primary School:
Nikola from Grange Farm Primary School:
Paige from Grange Farm Primary School:
Jessica from Grange Farm primary school: