Boy in the Tower
When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way. Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him. His mum doesn't really like looking outside - but it's going outside that she hates. She's happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it's safe. But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear. Now their tower isn't safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there's no way out ...
A middle-grade The Day of the Triffids, and an absolutely captivating fable about fear and hope, loneliness and friendship.
Shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Award: Best Story 2015.
"This matches a dystopian plot with a hugely engaging narrator ... An unusual and very impressive debut." -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller "Haunting and compelling, with characters you really care for" -- Vanessa Lewis The Bookseller "I loved it and I think you - whoever you are, whether you're aged eight or eighty - will love it, too. Boy In The Tower comes highly recommended by me. I think it might even be my favourite story of 2014 so far."
Polly Ho-Yen was born in Northampton and brought up in Buckinghamshire. After working in publishing for several years, she now works as a primary school teacher. Somewhere in between five o'clock in the morning and sitting down in front of a classroom of five-year-olds, Boy in the Tower was written. She lives in South London with her husband and their very vocal cat, Milo.