Spotlight on Bloom (Nicola Skinner), Excerpt, Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to spotlight Bloom by Nicola Skinner.
Read on for more about Nicola and her book, an excerpt, plus an giveaway!
Meet Nicola Skinner!
Nicola Skinner worked as a copywriter and journalist before turning to novels. BLOOM is her first book for children.
A beautifully written, incredibly original and wickedly funny novel for readers of 10 and older – BLOOM is for everyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in, and for anyone who has ever wanted a little more colour and wildness in their lives…
Sorrel Fallowfield is growing up – in a REALLY surprising way…
Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are LOTS.
Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard.
Now she’s hearing voices, seeing things, experiencing an almost unstoppable urge to plant the Seeds in some very unusual places… and completely failing to win her school’s competition to find The Most Obedient Child of the School.
And all that’s before flowers start growing out of her head…
~ Excerpt ~
This is a warning ...
It’s not often you open a brand-new book to be told that it’s dangerous. But if you want the facts, and nothing but the facts, then this is a book with peril in its pages.
Well, technically, there might be peril in its pages. No one’s been able to prove anything. But still, the risks are there. Which means you need to read this page carefully before skipping off to Chapter 1.
No one is safe. Girls. Boys. Mums. Dads. Sisters. Brothers. Aunts. Uncles. Even those great-great- apparently-you’re-related-but-you-can’t-remember- how relatives you see once a year. Yep, even them.
You’re all in fate’s firing line now.
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That’s because just holding this book and touching this paper has unfortunately left you, and everyone you know, potentially exposed to a substance that is, according to the scientists, ‘highly volatile, medically unregulated and impossible to cure’.
Or, as a confused-looking nurse put it to me once: ‘We’ve never seen anything like this before, love.’
So be prepared.
Over the next few days you might experience some unusual sensations. You could be running a bath before bedtime and want to drink it, not sit in it.
You might experience some unusual pains in some unusual places.
And finally – really, it’s nothing to be alarmed about – you might develop some, ahem, growths about your body.
But wait! Don’t fling the book away in horror! Come back! The chances of this happening to you too are super small. Roughly one in a million, or a billion. (Or one in a hundred. I’m not brilliant with decimals.) Honestly, it’s extremely unlikely anything will happen to you, and even if it does, there’s literally no point rushing off to the bathroom to scrub your hands.
Because it’s not your hands you need to worry about.
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But look – try not to worry. Even if you are infected at least you won’t be the only one. It happened to us too. We all look a little weird here.
Or, as Mum would say diplomatically, ‘Haven’t we
And yes, that is my name. Mum has a thing about fresh herbs. It could have been worse, I suppose. She also loves parsley.
By: Nicola Skinner
Publisher: Harpercollins Children's Books
Release Date: March 16th, 2021
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The cover is a work of art! This book is going to be so much fun to read and promises to be unlike anything else I've read.