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The Call

Peadar O'Guilin


David Fickling

Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA);
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's&YA)


336 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A little way into the future, Ireland is a country in trouble. The original inhabitants, the Sidhe, have returned and reclaimed their kingdom, and no human can enter or leave, nor anything human-manufactured. Worse still, they steal teenagers; every young person knows they will be Called, and when they are, they need all their wits and strength to survive the ordeal. A day with the Sidhe, but three minutes and four seconds in human time, and if the teen survives the traps of the other side, he may be returned alive. Mutilated, but alive. Otherwise, mutilated, and dead. These Sidhe are not the fairies of sweetness and light, but dangerous ferals wanting revenge. Teenagers are sent to schools to learn how to survive, but Nessa is not expected to. She is a cripple, and if strong healthy children can't survive The Call, how will she? This is a great read, enthralling and heart-poundingly clever! Readers 14+ Lindy Jones


Nessa and her friends attend Boyle College to train for the most dangerous time of their lives - THE CALL. Without warning, each one of them will wake in a terrifying land, alone and hunted, with a one-in-ten chance of returning alive. No one believes Nessa can make it, but she's determined to prove them all wrong. And she will need every ounce of spirit and courage in order to survive...

By:   Peadar O'Guilin
Imprint:   David Fickling
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 126mm, 
ISBN:   9781910200988
ISBN 10:   1910200980
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   July 2017
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

PEADAR O'GUILIN is a powerful and original new voice in fiction but has been writing curious stories for as long as he can remember. He attended the same boarding school as James Joyce in Co. Kildare and since then, he has written plays, published short stories, and performed as a stand-up comedian. Language, landscape and the history of ancient Ireland are important themes for Peadar and after brief forays living in Milan and Venice he returned to his native Ireland and now lives just outside Dublin.

'Perfect for Game of Thrones fans' Buzzfeed; 'Dark and brutal, its power is undeniable' Frank Cottrell-Boyce; 'Fresh, fun and very, very nasty' Juno Dawson; 'Wildly imaginative and will appeal to Hunger Games fans' Daily Mail

  • Short-listed for The Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017
  • Shortlisted for The Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017.
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