Desperate Measures

**Winner AMI Literature Award** (Find out more)
Nominee CILIP Carnegie Medal

Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize

Shortlisted for the YoungMinds Book Award

Shortlisted for the Nottingham Brilliant Book
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award
Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award
Longlisted for the Nasen Awards Inclusive Children’s Book
Longlisted for the UKLA Children’s Book Award

A compelling and heartwarming story about three runaway siblings

Vicky and Rhianna are twins but they couldn’t be more different.
For their fourteenth birthday, Vicky wants a card from the hottest boy in school. Rhianna wants a Furby.

Instead, they get a nasty shock – their foster parents can’t cope and it looks as if Vicky and Rhianna and their younger brother Jamie will have to be split up.

How can they stay together? Desperate times call for
desperate measures . . .

‘An exciting adventure with plenty of drama and humour . . .
addresses serious social and moral issues, such as the meaning
of responsibility and loyalty [and] has significant comments to
make about friendship, loneliness and bullying.
Thought-provoking and moving.’ Books for Keeps

'This is a fabulous book, with plenty of family drama unfolding throughout and serious issues addressed . . . incredibly poignant and explores many complex aspects of human nature and behaviour. It tackles prejudices against the mentally disabled, the challenges that are faced by families, the crushing loneliness felt when people disagree and the truth of friendship.' Birmingham Post

'Vicky and Rhianna both have realistic and distinctive voices … readers will most definitely hang on to find out what happens in the credible and happy ending.'
Kirkus US


Age Group: 10 plus / Extent: 224 pages / Format: 198 x 129 mm / ISBN: 978 1 84812 050 1 (pb) / Price: £6.99
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Laura Summers

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