The Sacrifice Box
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Martin Stewart has previously worked as a recycling technician, university lecturer, barman, golf caddy, and English teacher. Having written his first book on Post-Its as an eight year-old, it was his time back in the classroom that made him understand the unique joy of writing for younger readers. A native of Glasgow, where he still lives, he enjoys buying books to feed his to-be-read pile, and combining the city’s urban splendour with walks on the beaches of Scotland’s west coast. The Sacrifice Box is his second book.
Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box forever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.
Four years later, a series of strange and terrifying events take place. Someone broke the rules, and now everyone has to pay. But how much are they willing to sacrifice?
Martin lives in Scotland with his wife and daughter and their dog.
He enjoys stories that take place in the shadows, and exploring the tension between laughter and fear. He loves the work of John Steinbeck and Philip Pullman.
He visits schools and festivals all over the UK, promoting reading for pleasure, sharing his creative process and delivering writing masterclasses.
He likes meeting interesting writers with whom he can record episodes of his podcast, Four Books.
Poppy from King James' School:
Grace from Crawshaw:
Martha from Benton Park:
Thomas from King James's School, Knaresborough:
Marnie from Cardinal Heenan:
Max from King James's School, Knaresborough:
Jem from King James's School, Knaresborough:
Tara from Guiseley School:
Elisha from Cardinal Heenan:
Mrs Blashill from Southfield Grange Trust:
Diana from Grange Technology College:
Rafea from Southfield Grange Campus:
Rafeha from Grange Technology College: