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Hill of the Angels

Sue Mayfield

160 pages
SPCK Group

This sweeping historical novel for 8- to 12-year-olds tells the story of childhood friends Abigail Booth and Grace Fowler. United by a shared love of wild hills, beautiful things and their secret hideout - the Hill of the Angels - they find their world turned upside down when the English Civil War erupts.

As the war violently divides neighbour against neighbour and brother against brother, Abigail and Grace find themselves ripped apart and their families standing on opposing sides. Separated by war and faith, will their friendship survive?

Kids will be gripped by the powerful and moving story in Hill of the Angels, which vividly captures the poignancy and devastation of one of the most significant wars in English history. Beautifully written by Sue Mayfield and filled with memorable characters, it showcases the importance of love and friendship and explores the redemptive power of sacrifice.

Author Bio

Sue Mayfield is a writer for children and adults. As well as Hill of the Angels, she is the author of Blue (Hodder) which won the 2002 North East Book Award and the 2005 Heartlands Award for Young Adult Fiction (under its American title, Drowning Anna), and Damage (Hodder, 2006), which won the 2011 Prix Polar de Jeunesse in France (as Un An Après).

Based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Sue trained as a teacher and has been a regular visitor to schools since the early 1990s, reading from her work and leading writing workshops. She has taught as an Adult Education and WEA tutor and facilitated other people’s writing in community venues including hospitals and museums.
During 2015 she was the Writer-in-Residence at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.