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Kim Slater

Kim Slater is a full-time writer and lives with her husband in Nottingham.

She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University and teaches regular creative writing classes for both adults and children in Nottingham's inner-city schools and academies.

For more information, visit Kim’s website or follow her on Twitter @kimslater01

928 Miles from Home

Fourteen year old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day he'll escape this boring life and write movies, proper ones, with massive budgets and A-list stars. For now though, he's stuck coping alone while his dad works away, writing scripts in his head and trying to stay 'in' with his gang of mates at school, who don't like new kids, especially foreign ones.

But when his father invites his new Polish girlfriend and her son, Sergi, to move in, Calum's life is turned upside down. He's actually sharing a room with 'the enemy'! How's he going to explain that to his mates? Yet when Calum is knocked down in a hit-and-run and breaks both legs, everything changes.

Trapped at home, Calum and Sergi slowly start to understand each other, and even work together to investigate a series of break-ins at the local community centre. But Calum can't help feeling that Sergei's hiding something. Is he really trying to help, or to cover up his own involvement in the crime?

928 Miles from Home is a powerful new story from the multi-award-winning author of Smart and A Seven-Letter Word, Kim Slater.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Macmillan Children's Books

A Seven-Letter Word

'My name is Finlay McIntosh. I can see OK, can hear perfectly fine and I can write really, really well. But the thing is, I can't speak. I'm a st-st-st-stutterer. Hilarious, isn't it? It's like the word is there in my mouth, fully formed and then, just as it's ready to leave my lips . . . POP! It jumps and ricochets and bounces around my gob. Except it isn't funny at all, because there's not a thing I can do about it.'

Finlay's mother vanished two years ago. And ever since then his stutter has become almost unbearable.

Bullied at school and ignored by his father, the only way to get out the words which are bouncing around in his head is by writing long letters to his ma which he knows she will never read, and by playing Scrabble online.

But when Finlay is befriended by an online Scrabble player called Alex, everything changes. Could it be his mother secretly trying to contact him? Or is there something more sinister going on?

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Macmillan Children's Books
Japan Hyoronsha
Romania Editura Art

SMART

When fourteen-year-old artistic genius Kieran Woods finds the body of a homeless man floating in the river, he refuses to believe the death was accidental. In a race against time, Kieran embarks on solving the mystery. Not only must he find the killer, he must also escape his abusive stepfamily to save himself and the people he loves. Can Kieran catch the killer before the killer catches him?

SMART is an uplifting story of how one young boy uses his art and unique mind to triumph in a world that doesn't understand him. Kieran will captivate readers young and old.  

Macmillan Children's Books published in June 2014; SMART has been shortlisted for over 10 literary awards, including the Carnegie and Waterstones Prizes 2015. More information on Kim's News Page

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Macmillan Children's Books
German DTV Junior
Iran Houpaa
Italy Il Castoro
Japan Hyoronsha
Korea KPI Publishing Group
Turkey Pegasus
Ukraine Old Lion Publishers