SHIELD OF LIES, the second novel in best-selling author Sheila O’Flanagan’s Young Adult fantasy series, THE CRYSTAL RUN, is published today by Hachette Children’s Books in paperback and ebook. In THE CRYSTAL RUN, Joe stumbled into Kaia’s world and turned it on its head. The duo are back in SHIELD OF LIES to save Carcassia and the lives of other Runners, the teens who face the fate that Kaia had once resigned herself to.

Kaia is from a world in which blind sacrifice is a virtue, and a Runner's life expendable. It took Joe, an outsider, to show her that she must question the truth. Now, Kaia and Joe have been taken prisoner. Trusting her sworn enemies is the only way out.

With team-work, courage and ingenuity, Kaia and Joe must risk their lives and return to Carcassia to prevent more Runners from racing to their death.

THE CRYSTAL RUN series is ideal for young fantasy fanatics and lovers of Cornelia Funke, Eoin Colfer and Rick Riordan. SHIELD OF LIES is an exciting and gripping addition to the series and has been selected by iBooks as one of Spring’s Most Anticipated Books.

Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of twenty-five thought-provoking, gripping and unforgettable Sunday Times and ebook bestsellers, including THE MISSING WIFE which was published in the US in February by Grand Central following its UK success. It became a Sunday Times and Irish Times paperback bestseller in 2017, as well as becoming a No.1 ebook bestseller, and one of Amazon’s Top Ten Bestselling ebooks of the year. Her interlinked short story collection CHRISTMAS WITH YOU reached No. 2 in the Irish bestseller lists in the run-up to Christmas. Headline has sold over 7 million copies of Sheila’s books.

Adult readers will have to wait until May 31st for Sheila’s next novel, THE HIDEAWAY. Set in a picturesque Spanish villa, THE HIDEAWAY is the perfect companion for the summer holidays. Her most recent novel, WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT, was published in paperback by Headline in February in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It will be available in South Africa this month and in Canada in June.

Sheila recently signed a new two book deal with Headline, so fans of her work can anticipate two brand new titles in 2019 and 2020 from the Headline Review imprint.

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'Brims with all the hallmarks of a classic fantasy quest - a vividly evoked world, heart-rending conflict, compelling action' — LoveReading4Kids

'Will appeal to youngsters who enjoy reading about dangerous quests' — Sunday Independent

'Well-written, with a strong plot and excellent characters, this book gives us an
exciting, classic-style fantasy filled with intrigue' — Inis

'O'Flanagan's writing is crisp and concise and her plotting deft' — Belfast Telegraph

WINTER STORM: the final instalment in Andy Briggs' Inventory series published today


WINTER STORM, the fourth and final instalment in Andy Briggs’ THE INVENTORY series - perfect for lovers of Alex Ryder and Artemis Fowl - is published today in paperback by Scholastic. In the climactic young adult novel, the secrets that have kept readers hooked will finally be revealed as Dev and his friends battle against the deadly technology that threatens the world.

Having learned a troubling truth about himself in the Black Zone of the Inventory, Dev is called back into action to defend the world’s greatest store of futuristic tech, and he’ll need all the help he can get from his friends. Someone has stolen Winter Storm, a swarm of powerful biobots, and is using them to infect and control people! Who can be trusted now?

Although THE INVENTORY series is coming to a close, fans of Andy’s writing won’t have long to wait. His exciting new standalone novel DRONE RACER is coming soon.

Andy Briggs is a screenwriter & novelist who has worked on TV projects for Syfy, Netflix, ITV and Amazon and is working extensively between the UK, US and China. He collaborated with the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate to reboot Tarzan, creating an action-packed middle-grade trilogy based on the beloved character’s adventures. Andy is the author of a number of books for young readers including the HERO.COM and VILLAIN.NET series which reinvent the superhero genre for an audience growing up within a digital age. Andy has also written several comics and graphic novels for Markosia.

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Praise for Andy Briggs:

'Andy Briggs vision of a world with super-hero's and super-villain's is a very original one and has been very well realised. These books are superbly written, the story sets off at a high pace and never once slows down...I have been well and truly hooked on this novel from start to finish, it is so close to being a super-villain film in book form, I personally cannot wait till the next volume and highly recommend this book.' – Antony,

‘Tweens and younger teens who have wished for super powers will be drawn to this interesting concept, and there will be plenty of action to keep them reading.’ –Booklist

‘Every now and again, as a writer, I come across a book that is so simple, yet powerful, in its concept, that I consider it to be genius…and the latest is the twin series of HERO.COM and VILLIAN.NET…Having now read the first in the series, I’ll be picking up the first VILLIAN.NET book as soon as I can. I suggest you do the same.’ – Tommy Donavan