Rachel Ward
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 304pp
ISBN: 978-1-905294-93-0
Publication date: January 2009
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Since her mother’s death when she was seven, 15-year-old Jem has kept a secret.

When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number comes into her head – the date on which they will die.

Knowing that nothing can last for ever, Jem avoids relationships, until she meets Spider, another outsider, and her life takes a happier turn. But on their first day out together, waiting for a ride on the London Eye, Jem realises something terrible - everyone in the queue has the same number – and her world is about to explode.

'Utterly compelling.'
Sunday Telegraph
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase 2010
Winner of the Flemish Children and Youth Literature Prize 2011
'Even the idea of this book gave me chills! ... Creepy and original!''
R.L. Stine
Winner of the Salisbury Schools Book Award 2012
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2009
Winner of the Angus Book Award 2010

There are places where kids like me go. Sad kids, bad kids, bored kids and lonely kids, kids that are different. Any day of the week, if you know where to look, you’ll find us: behind the shops, in back lanes, under bridges by canals and rivers, round garages, in sheds, on allotments.

"The idea came to me one morning as I walked my dog in the fields overlooking Bath. Straight away I knew all about Jem – what she looked like, how she spoke, her background … and her gift."

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