This tense, gripping novel could hardly be more topical, raising questions of faith, loyalty and responsibility
- TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
When Cassina is blown-up by a bomb in a station in England, life as she knows it is over. Except that she doesn’t die. Cassina survives as something that can live in the heads of humans, knowing their thoughts but powerless to change them. She ends up in a variety of minds - her mum’s, her dad’s, a mad old lady’s, a bigot’s - but most scarily of all, she ends up in the head of the man who murdered her. It’s an experience that challenges her beliefs and preconceptions, that terrifies her and frustrates her but, most of all, that changes her. Can it change her killer too . . .? This is Cassina’s story, in her voice - a voice that will grip you and goad you, make you laugh and make you cry. It is a voice you will never forget.
Nicky has written four novels for adults, two books of non-fiction and five works for young people. Her first children’s novel, FEATHER BOY, won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award and is published in 28 countries. It has also been adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and commissioned by the National Theatre as a musical with lyrics by Don Black and music by Debbie Wiseman. Nicky’s other novels for young people include: DOLL, THE INNOCENT’S STORY and GEMX. KNIGHT CREW is her most recent novel.
March 2010 sees the Glyndebourne premiere of a full-length operatic version of Knight Crew with a libretto by Nicky and music by Julian Philips. This is the first time Glyndebourne have ever commissioned an opera from a teen novel and the making of the show is being filmed by the BBC for a three-part documentary series to be presented by Gareth Malone.