ACHUKA Book of the Day Wed 27 May 2020
A family adventure set in Sheffield.
Spending time with their grandma, Sean and his younger sister are drawn to the statue of three steelmen outside the Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Their cousin tells them there is a mystery surrounding it which involves their mum and uncle. As the children find out more, the time-slip adventure begins.
Look out also for Meet Me By The Steelmen (1997), a time-slip adventure with the same setting.
The author described to a local Sheffield paper what led to her writing the new title.
“What happened was I wrote the first book, Meet Me by the Steelmen, a long time ago when Meadowhall was new and the statues of the steelmen were right there in the middle of the shops. That was published by Walker, who are a big national company. I think the book went very well with local schools in the Sheffield and Rotherham area but I think it just didn’t sell enough copies nationally and internationally, because the theme was so local. It got put out of print and I felt very sad about that but I had a lot of support from the schools library service. People, particularly teachers, kept asking for copies. They worked together with a smaller company called Award Publications, who decided to bring it back into print again. That’s available but there was a bit of a problem because I wrote that when the statues were in the middle of Meadowhall and they’ve been moved outside. Children might go and look for the statues and find they weren’t in the right place any more.”
Other time-slip adventures by the author are listed on her website.