ACHUKA Book of the Day 13 Apr 2021
“Have you ever wondered during the last year: Are the Government telling us everything? Are the papers trying to scare us? Are they making things up? They’re probably not. But there have been times when statesmen told lies, when newspapers invented the facts, when promises were worthless and, as a result, a lot of people died. I read of one such scandal that took place in America in the 1920s, and I set about designing a fictional country where imminent danger threatens, panic is everywhere, and the truth is hard to come by.” Geraldine McCaughream
Twice Carnegie medal winning Geraldine McCaughrean’s enthralling new novel is set in a world paralysed by natural disaster and dangerous lies.
Fifteen-year-old Gloria is maid to Afalia’s tyrannical Head of State, Madame Suprema. When the country is hit by unprecedented flooding, Madame Suprema runs away, fearing she will be blamed for the crisis. To cover up this cowardly act, Gloria is made to step into Madame Suprema’s shoes and is thrust into a world of corrupt and desperate politicians. As Gloria becomes aware of the forces toying with her every move, she must take decisions that could save, or end, thousands of lives – including her own…
A brilliant and darkly funny commentary on our present times with terrific cover art by Leo Nickolls.
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The inside illustrations by Keith Robinson—recently a guest in ACHUKA’s weekend Meet An Illustrator feature—help strengthen the sense of verisimilitude.