Bite Risk

Reminiscent of An American Werewolf in London and Stranger Things, BITE RISK is a slick thrill ride in a fascinatingly contained setting – with a pacy, filmic plot and loveable central characters. We already have strong interest in this title, which will be published in June 2023.  Sophie is planning more books set in the world of BITE RISK.

Children all over the world know the routine on a full moon: do your homework, tidy your room, check your perimeter traps, put your parents in their cages. No biggie – it’s the way things have been for more than twenty years. Life goes on. It’s normal. Boring, in fact. 

Thirteen-year-old Sel lives with his mum in the isolated community of Timorglade, sheltered from the worst of the world’s problems by sheer remoteness. For him, Confinement nights mean freedom – roaming the streets with his friends on their bikes, tranquillizer guns slung casually over their shoulders in case of emergencies that never happen. But this quiet life begins to unravel. Birds fall from the sky, ordinary incidents take on a sinister tone and, most alarmingly, security measures fall apart, leading to the unthinkable: escapes. It seems there’s more to their little town than they thought. As Sel and his friends try to figure out exactly why things are the way they are in Timorglade, they are frustrated at every turn – almost as though their every move is known, and being manipulated. When a tragedy occurs, it’s clear that the truth is being covered up.

Someone is lying to them. But it can’t be everyone, can it?

Sophie grew up in Chelmsford, Essex. She failed the 11+, had a weekend job at a boarding kennels where she suffered workplace bullying from a goat, and nurtured a dream to have a career she could do in her pyjamas. She worked at two London publishers before finally achieving her ambition by going freelance in 2003. Sophie lives on the edge of south-east London with her family and is author of The Orphans of St Halibut’s and Pamela’s Revenge, both illustrated by David Tazzyman.

Sophie is represented by Kate Shaw at The Shaw Agency. Bite Risk will be published by Simon & Schuster in June 2023.

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