by Zizou Corder
Puffin Paperback 2010
Washed ashore as a baby in ancient Greece, Halo is discovered by a family of centaurs. Although her true identity remains a mystery, she is loved as one of their own. But when Halo is dragged away by fishermen, her wild adventure begins . . .
Halo soon realizes that if she is to survive then she must live in disguise - as a boy. A violent war is threatening to erupt and Halo is at the mercy of the mighty Spartan warriors. And as she battles to hide her secret, Halo never forgets her quest to find out who she is - and where she really came from.
Halo was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010, and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2011.
From the press:
'Rarely is a so-called children's book a real page-turner for adults, but with Halo, Zizou Corder has created something special that tackles adult themes of gender equality, politics and identity in a simple, compelling way.... A fresh and truly captivating read' - The Scotsman
From the readers:
'Have you written any more because I have read them all and I need another one.'
'Will Halo ever find her real family? Or will everything she loves be destroyed? Find out in this exciting new book set in Ancient Greece that mixes fact and fiction together to create an amazing, un-put-down-able story – I loved every page!
Reviewer: my mum, aged 86
'It's wonderful. It kept me up till half past one. But you mention a sack of potatos, and they didn't have potatos in Greece then.'