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About Chantelle Atkins
Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children, and multiple pets. She is addicted to reading, writing, and music and writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life and has now been developed into a 6 book series. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere and award-winning dystopian, The Tree Of Rebels, plus a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. The award-winning Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature was released through Pict Publishing in October 2018. A Song For Bill Robinson is her latest release and is the first in YA trilogy.
Sixteen year old Lou wants to be thinner. Joe is her best friend and last night they found something they shouldn’t have in his older brothers’ wardrobe. Leon and Travis are shady figures, living shadier lives, and one summer, Lou and Joe find themselves mixed up in the drama, the confusion and the violence. Will Lou’s weight loss obsession spiral out of control? Is Marianne, her self-harming friend, really her friend, or an enemy in disguise? And will Lou and Joe ever be more than just best friends?
Reluctant drug running, extreme dieting, kissing the wrong boys, family drama and first love. Lou Carling is about to have one messy summer.
Panic-stricken Charlie is now on the run with his three-day-old son. His hiding place reveals a mystery that will drive him further across the country.
Summer was involved with the set-up that pushed Charlie over the edge and she was there when he stole the baby…but where is she now?
As his band The Rebel Anthem attract a manager and a possible record deal, Bill has a lot on his mind. He cannot accept that Summer would run away and fears his own behaviour may have played a part in her disappearance.
In this dramatic climax to the YA trilogy, previous actions and decisions have consequences for all, while Bill and his friends must find Summer and baby Gabriel and finally bring a killer to justice.
For Bill Robinson this means a complex relationship intimately involving his two best friends, as well as a reckless alcohol addiction he struggles to conceal; all while his band, The Rebel Anthem, grows in popularity.
But the muffled status quo is short-lived.
Bill’s 15-year-old sister Emily has some devastating news which leaves Bill permanently connected to his arch enemy Charlie McDonnal.
On top of that, Bill starts to suspect that a father lied to protect his son and the real killer is still among them…
Faced with the prospect of his little sister having a baby with a monster, Bill must do everything he can to get to the truth before it is too late.
Winner of Chill With A Book Cover of The Month Award March 2019
One boy's mission to find the good in people.
Twelve-year-old Elliot Pie lives a solitary life with his agoraphobic mother.
He is desperate to help her and he also wants to find out what happened to his Uncle Liam, who walked out one night leaving his dog and his car in the back garden.
While his mother sinks further into the darkness, Elliot finds comfort in people-watching.
He is determined to prove to her that good people still exist and when a stranger is kind to him one day, a plan is hatched. A plan to save his mother. A plan that might help him find Uncle Liam.
Elliot’s collection of strangers all have stories to tell about human nature, but is he placing his trust in the wrong people? Or is the real danger closer to home?
He wants to lead a normal, decent life with the friends who stuck by him and his teenage sweetheart Lucy.
Danny knew life would be complicated on the outside, and he soon realises the past has not finished with him. His loved ones have all been damaged in different ways by his crime, a nosy reporter is desperate to hear the whole sordid story, and someone else does not think he has been punished enough. As a sinister hate campaign starts to target him and his loved ones, Danny is forced to face the reality of the choice he made seven years ago. When he finally discovers who is out to get him, he must decide how to make amends and whether to give them what they want, risking everything he holds dear in the process.
The dramatic story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part Five…
B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree 2018
'There will always be those who say no, Lissie. There will always be those who do not believe what they are told. There will always be those who rebel.' It's 2145. 13-year-old Lissie Turner lives in the peaceful community of Province 5. Everyone is provided for and everyone is grateful. Everyone obeys the rules. Lissie has never questioned her society until she falls into a daydream and wanders beyond the fence that keeps them safe. She finds an apple tree which changes her life and threatens to blow her world apart. Growing food has been forbidden since the last war ended 70 years ago. All food is raised under the Domes. With the discovery of the tree, Lissie finds herself breaking the rules. And if she believes what her dying Great-Grandmother has been trying to tell her, she must question everything she has ever been told. Who really started the Endless War? And is it really over? As she uncovers the shocking truth, Lissie must choose between conformity and rebellion, between living a lie and tearing her peaceful community apart... A YA dystopian adventure about a future disconnected from nature
Danny finally has the life he always wanted: Lucy, his new baby daughter, and ownership of Chaos – the nightclub he adores. His friends and family believe he has put his violent past behind him - but are they right?
To secure Chaos, his future and his life, Danny was forced to sign a deal with Jerry Howard, the father of the man he murdered. At first, Danny assumes it’s revenge Jerry is after, but it soon becomes clear that Jerry has a far darker plan for him. He intends to finish what his son started by moulding Danny into a fitting protégé and heir to his criminal underworld.
Whilst seeking help for his deteriorating mental health, Danny struggles to keep his darkest secrets from his loved ones and tries to appease Jerry. But at what cost? And is killing again the only way out?
The local community centre is fighting for survival and the murder of 15-year-old Lewis Matthews remains unsolved…
Wannabe teenage singer, Bill Robinson, just got out of hospital after surviving a vicious attack. He thinks he knows who attacked him…and why. When a violent feud escalates between him and local thug Charlie McDonnal, Bill vows to find the killer and help save the community centre by taking part in the local singing contest.
Can music bring a shattered community together? And can Bill keep his own demons at bay long enough to win the singing contest and find out who killed Lewis Matthews?
Howard has pushed Danny to the brink, and now he has only murder on his mind. Anthony, however, disrupts his plans and offers an alternative. If Danny accepts Howard’s job offer, he can work undercover, and finally get Howard convicted and out of their lives. Desperate to please Anthony, Danny agrees to become what Howard wants. His employee, his son and his protégé. But his new life as a drug dealer is fraught with danger and the temptation of narcotics is too hard to resist. To play his part, Danny must distance himself from his friends, and as his drug use escalates, his grip on reality begins to slip.
When a devastating truth is revealed, both Howard and Danny hurtle towards a final brutal climax, where revelations, betrayals and the thin line between love and hate will determine who survives.
The dramatic story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part Four…
Now that his mother has married psychotic nightclub owner Lee Howard, Danny is seeking escape in all the wrong places. Befriended by Howard's creepy sidekick Jack Freeman, he keeps his friends at bay for their own safety, and spends his days in a drug-induced haze, relying only on music to keep him going. When Anthony is released from prison, he vows to help Danny escape, and with help from drug dealer Jaime, he soon discovers the vile truth about both men. But will Anthony and Michael be able to help Danny, without putting their own lives at risk? Told from Howard's point of view as well as Danny's; what is it Howard really wants and will Danny ever be able to give it to him? A brutal and violent climax is on the cards when Danny and his friends make a bid for a new life...Howard is not about to let them go that easily...
A gritty and uncompromising drama with a life-affirming soundtrack...The story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part 3
In the decade of Grunge and Britpop, 13-year-old music fan Danny is on a mission to deter unsuitable men from his beautiful single mother. With best friend Michael on board and first love on the horizon, things are looking good. But the good times are shattered when powerful nightclub owner Lee Howard sweeps Danny’s mother off her feet. Howard is a dangerous man who has twisted plans for Danny…Told from both Danny and Howard’s points of view, who is Howard and what does he ultimately want? As Danny seeks escape through music, he finds a loyal ally in troublemaker Michael, but are they making an enemy of a man who will be a thorn in their sides for years to come?
A dark and powerful drama about friendship, music and the choice between escaping or fighting back.
The dramatic story continues in The Boy With The Thorn In His Side Part 2