Named in commemoration of the Battle of Hastings, the 1066 Schools’ Book Award has been running for over 15 years. The award is aimed at Year 7 & 8 readers across 5 schools; children read the 4 shortlisted books and vote to decide the winner.
England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes - large cities have disappeared and London has been replaced by a lagoon.
The surviving population exists in fortified towns where they cling to traditional ways, while strangely evolved beasts prowl the wilderness beyond.
Conformity is rigidly enforced and those who fall foul of the rules are persecuted: some are killed, others are driven out into the wilds.
Only a few fight back - and two of these outlaws, Scarlett McCain and Albert Browne, display an audacity and talent that makes them legends.
This is the exciting first title in a phenomenal fantasy teen series by the bestselling children's novelist.
-Browns Books Reviewer