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Polly Ho-Yen

Polly Ho-Yen was born in Northampton and brought up in Buckinghamshire. She studied English at Birmingham University before working in publishing for several years. 

Her first novel, Boy in the Tower, published in July 2014 by Random House Children's Publishers, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Her second novel Where Monsters Lie was published in 2016 and her third novel, Fly Me Home, was published in 2017. Both of these novels were also nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol with her husband. 

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How I Saved The World In A Week

Billy’s mum isn’t like other mums. He calls her Sylvie, they move house every few months and she spends all their time together teaching him The Rules of Survival – how to make fire, build shelter and find food. Following the Rules is the only thing Sylvie asks of Billy and the tests get more extreme, until one day she goes too far . . . Whilst Sylvie is getting better, Billy has to live with the dad he’s barely met.

At Dad’s, Billy misses his mum and keeps practicing the Rules, but he also learns new things, like how it feels to make a friend and be part of a different type of family. And then the world changes for ever. People are being infected with a mysterious virus that turns their skin grey. Chaos breaks out and Billy and his family flee the city. Their journey is the ultimate test of survival and Billy knows that this was what Sylvie was preparing him for. She knew what was coming. But once he has gotten his family to safety, Billy still has to find Sylvie and tell her what he’s discovered about the ‘Greys’ – not just to save his family, but the whole world.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
World English Simon & Schuster Children's
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My Other Life

Mae spends a lot of time in hospitals. She's had asthma since she was little and sometimes she just can't breathe. She was in hospital the very first time she saw the hole - a tear in the universe which seems to appear only to her. Before she knows it she is drawn into a parallel world, where things aren't quite the same...

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Bloomsbury
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Two Sides

Lula and Lenka are best friends and total opposites – Lula is a Dog Person and Lenka is a Cat Person; Lula is super messy and Lenka is neat and tidy; Lula likes talking to people and Lenka likes watching people – but together they make the perfect pair. Until The Day that Everything Goes Wrong … and suddenly the girls are no longer friends. What started as a day like any other ends with Lula and Lenka ignoring each other and sitting on opposite sides of the classroom. As the days go by Lula makes a new friend who talks almost as much as she does, while Lenka just plays on her own. In spite of feeling lonely, neither one is prepared to listen or forgive … or to say sorry. Will it be this way forever?

A thoughtful story exploring friendship and the importance of listening and keeping an open mind.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Stripes Publishing
North America Kane Miller Publishing
Korea Charlie Book
Israel Sigaliot Publishing House
Poland Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal
Russia AST
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Fly Me Home

Feeling lost and alone in a strange new city, Leelu wishes she could fly away back home – her real home where her dad is, thousands of miles away.

London is cold and grey and the neighbours are noisy and there’s concrete everywhere.

But Leelu is not alone; someone is leaving her gifts outside her house – wonders which give her curious magical powers.

Powers which might help her find her way home . . .

Fly Me Home is an incredibly moving portrait of one family’s struggle to adjust to life in a new country

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Random House Children's Publishers
Audio W. F. Howes
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Where Monsters Lie

Hidden in the water, something is stirring . . .

The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsters of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water.

Then strange things start happening in the village. Effie’s rabbit Buster escapes from a locked hutch, her mum disappears without trace and slugs start to infest her home.

Along with her best friend Finn, Effie begins to hunt for clues to solve the mysteries of Mivtown. Could this all be connected to the legend? Is it really just a story or is there something lurking in those deep, dark waters.


 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Random House Children's Publishers
Audio W. F. Howes
Iran Houpaa
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Boy In The Tower

A CAPTIVATING DÉBUT ABOUT FEAR AND HOPE, LONELINESS AND FRIENDSHIP, AND A YOUNG BOY TRYING TO FIND HIS WAY HOME

It all began on the day the rain stopped falling.

First, the buildings fell. Then the people on the streets. No one could explain why. Until they found the Bluchers.

Ade lives on the seventeenth floor of an inner city tower block. He’s just an ordinary boy. Apart from the fact that his mother won’t leave her bedroom. And he’s only got one true friend: the girl he’s known all his life, Gaia.

When the Bluchers, a plant-form that dissolves buildings and release fatal spores into the air, take over the city, everyone is forced to evacuate and Ade is left alone to face them.

Trapped in his tower block, how can Ade survive as the Bluchers weave their deadly circle around his home?

Random House Children's Books published in July 2014. BOY IN THE TOWER has been nominated for the Blue Peter, Carnegie and The Branford Boase awards, among many others. See Polly's News Page for more information. 
 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Random House Children's Publishers
Audio W. F. Howes
Denmark Høst & Søn
Iran Houpaa
Russia Ripol