For older readers

Gorilla Dawn (published September 2015)
Gorilla Dawn tells the story of Imara, a young girl abducted from her village home, and Bobo, the son of a wildlife ranger, who are imprisoned by a group of rebel soldiers deep in the heart of the African jungle. When the rebels capture a baby gorilla, intending to sell him into captivity, the children vow to return him to his family in the wild before it’s too late. The consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about, but the children are brave and determined. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children finally give them the courage they need to escape the rebels and can they ever find true safety?

Gorilla Dawn was shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award 2016, Leeds Book Award, Northeast Book Award, North Somerset Teachers Book Award and Steyning Grammar School Award. It was also selected for the 2016 Bookbuzz booklist.

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Scarlet Ibis (published 2014)
Scarlet Ibis is the moving story of a young girl – Scarlet – struggling to hold her family together against the odds. Crammed into their small tower block apartment in London, Scarlet and her autistic half-brother Red are fascinated by the baby pigeon that hatches on their balcony. When the bird’s parents abandon it, Red takes the chick into his care but when their own mum has a breakdown, the siblings are split up and sent to live apart in foster care. As Scarlet struggles to adjust to life with her well-meaning foster family, she determines to do everything she can to find her beloved brother and keep his little pigeon alive for him.

Scarlet Ibis won the Little Rebels Award 2015. It was also shortlisted for the UKLA Children’s Book Award 2015 and long-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015.

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Moon Bear (published 2013)
When twelve-year-old Tam is sent to work at a bear farm in the city, he has never felt so alone. He hates seeing the cruel way the bears are treated, but speaking up will mean losing his job. And if he can’t send money home, how will his family survive? When a sick cub arrives at the farm, Tam secretly nurses it back to health and they develop an unbreakable bond. Tam swears to return his beloved cub to the wild, but how will they ever find a way to be free?

Moon Bear was shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award 2014. The German edition of the book (Die Spur des Mondbären) won the German Environmental Prize for Children’s Literature.

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White Dolphin (published 2012)
Set on England’s South-West coast, Kara and Felix can’t stand each other when they first meet, but on discovering an injured dolphin calf on the beach they know they must work together to save it. The pair battle to protect the nearby reef but must also find out the truth behind the disappearance of Kara’s mother

Widely reviewed, praise for White Dolphin could be found in the likes of The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Bliss and The Evening Standard. Winner of the Green Earth Book Award, White Dolphin was shortlisted for the Brilliant Book Award and the Independent Book Awards amongst others.

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Sky Hawk (published 2011)
Gill’s debut novel, Sky Hawk is a touching story about friendship, loyalty and hope. Callum and local outsider Iona form an unlikely partnership when they pair up to protect a rare osprey in a remote part of Scotland. From glittering lochs, across wide oceans to far off lands, the pact Callum and Iona make will change lives forever.

Sky Hawk was critically acclaimed upon publication, attracting rave reviews in the national press. It won the UKLA Children’s Book of the Year in 2012 as well as the Green Earth Book Award. The novel was also shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award, the Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

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