When her mother becomes head of music at St Mallory’s School for Girls, Helen is uprooted from her London comprehensive to start a new life in a totally alien environment – a boarding school. But before long, the behaviour of the other girls is the least of her problems: Helen picks up a piece of rare music from a shop in Brighton, and suddenly she is at the centre of what seems to be an enormous conspiracy.
The bursar is behaving suspiciously. Her mother is lying to her. And now Tim Morrigan, a boy from the partner school, is getting involved. Do they all want the music, or are there other motives in play? And since the music appears to have been written after the composer’s death, is it real, or simply an elaborate fake?
Accompanied by Abigail Roe, a veteran student with a penchant for Shakespeare and geek culture references, and Xuan Liu, the well-travelled daughter of a Chinese diplomat, Helen sets out to solve the mystery. But homework, lacrosse matches, and morally ambiguous members of staff all seem to be determined to stop them.
Reviews for St Mallory’s Forever
“engagingly written, with an easy-going feel that fits the blog post format perfectly”
“If Enyd Blyton was writing her school stories today, they’d be just like this one.”
“chock-full of geeky references, humor, and plenty of crazy situations and adventures”
“[Helen] is a well-written character with realistic strengths and weaknesses”
“this book differs from others of its genre in that it is thoroughly modern”
“Charley Robson and Miriam Joy join Paolini as inspiring teens”
“it was brilliant being able to read a school tale set in today times instead of being set in times that my grandparents were young”
“blogs and other paraphernalia of 21st century life are excellently used to create an original and highly enjoyable story with lots of humour and sparkle as well as moments of great excitement”
“a promising start to a new series”
“I want to go to St. Mallory’s but as it is fictional I’m just going to hope this is the start of a series.”
See also: Crossroads Poetry