‘Freaks’ is a mystery thriller set in the crusty depths of a very unpleasant Victorian London, but it was very nearly something completely different. About five years ago, when I first started having a serious crack at writing a novel, it was a story about a crew of aliens on a spaceship. That book fizzled out after three unimpressive chapters, but something about the strange characters and the way they interacted refused to get out of my head.
Spellfall by Katherine Roberts - When Natalie finds a strange candy wrapper floating in a parking-lot puddle, an ominous yellow-eyed man informs her it's a spell -- and a bewitching tale of kidnapping and sorcery unfolds. Natalie finds herself in Earthaven. With the help of a loyal magehound, unicorns, and the spirit of her dead mother, Natalie must do battle with an evil force determined to spread its power.
Maskmaker by Jane Johnson - Jamie’s life changes when he tries on the tiger mask he makes in an art class and feels exactly what it’s like to be the tiger. This marks him out as the boy chosen to travel the world in an attempt to solve three mysteries. Jamie must use his wits and courage if he’s to get home alive from this adventure and overcome his own problems. And he needs all his skill at telling jokes to help him!