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The Haunted Hills by Berlie Doherty

The Haunted Hills


When Carl visits the Peak District with his parents to try and recover from the fallout of a horrific accident, he becomes caught up in the mysterious tale of the Lost Lad. Are the hills actually haunted or is Carl being chased by his own demons? As past and present collide, Carl must learn to come to terms with the loss of his best friend, Jack and find a way to move on.

Virtual school visits

Welcome to a new school year!

Throughout the pandemic I have frequently visited schools and universities all over the world by the magic of Zoom and similar video conferencing apps. I’m very pleased to say that I’ll be continuing to do so this coming school year. The way it works is that the school or college hosts the event. I spend about 40 minutes with the students, usually talking about the book they’ve been studying in class, my inspiration for it, answering questions and sometimes sharing some of the students’ own work. It’s always a lovely way to share ideas, and it’s wonderful to see how enthusiastic the children and teachers are.

I don’t ask for a fee as such, but I do suggest that participating hosts buy some of my books for classroom or library use, or prizes etc, from whatever supplier they choose. 

Last year I was invited to talk about several of my books, including Street Child, Far From Home, Treason, Blue John, Children of Winter, Deep Secret and Walking on Air. I hope this year that I’ll also be invited to share my new book for 10-14s, The Haunted Hills.

To contact me, visit my contact page.

Berlie Doherty is the author of the best-selling novel, Street Child, and over 60 more books for children, teenagers and adults, and has written many plays for radio, theatre and television. She has been translated into over twenty languages and has won many awards, including the Carnegie medal for both Granny Was a Buffer Girl and Dear Nobody, and the Writers’ Guild Award for both Daughter of the Sea and the theatre version of Dear Nobody. She has three children and seven grandchildren, and lives in the Derbyshire Peak District with Alan James Brown. Her brand new novel for adults, Rose Doran Dreams, is out now. Her forthcoming novel The Haunted Hills will be published later in 2022.

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