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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-05-13
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Ordinary young people with extraordinary powers, the Street Heroes return to help child runaways around the world. This gritty story moves between the streets of London, where Georgie Smith is now living after the confrontation with his fascist father at Cable Street, and the nightmare state of North Korea, where we meet Hyun-mi. Fatima, Georgie, and their friends fight evil in all its human forms, but who is behind the mysterious telepathic voice threatening the child heroes? And how can they make their message heard by people without their telepathic powers? With the return of Street Heroes’ appealing characters and the addition of some new friends, Runaways is a fast-paced and action-packed thriller that addresses important issues while gripping readers from start to finish.

Author Biography

Joe Layburn worked for 15 years as a journalist and television reporter with BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, often working on programmes focusing on children, and has been nominated for the Royal Television Society's home current affairs award. In 2002 he switched to teaching, and started working in East End schools. It was here that he heard the little-known story of South Hallsville School, Canning Town, where, during the Blitz, around 500 people fled after their own homes were destroyed — and the school itself was demolished by a bomb. This was the inspiration for his novel, Ghostscape, Layburn's first book for children. His illustrative background is in visual storytelling. He has worked as a storyboard artist for film and animation companies, as a comic strip artist for Marvel comics, on workshops for BBC Blast and BBC RaW programs, and more. He lives in a quiet, rural village in Suffolk, U.K.

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