Steve Augarde was born in Birmingham, England, but spent most of his life in the West Country, working as an illustrator, paper engineer, and semi-pro jazz musician. He has written and illustrated over 70 picture books for younger children and has produced the paper engineering for many pop-up books, including those by other artists-as well as providing the artwork and music for two animated BBC television series. His first book for older children, The Various, won a Smarties Silver Award in 2003. Steve is married, with two daughters, and lives in Yorkshire.
· David Fickling Books
· eBook · July 13, 2010 · $9.99 · 978-0-375-89630-9 (0-375-89630-9)
Also available as a trade paperback.
Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X-Isle, the island where life is rumored to be easier than on what's left of the mainland. Only young boys stand a chance of getting in, the smaller and lighter the better. Baz and Ray are two of the lucky few to be chosen, but they soon discover that X-Isle is a far cry from paradise. Ruled by Preacher John, a dangerous religious fanatic, it's a violent, unpredictable place, where terrible things can happen at any moment. The boys hatch an extraordinary plan in order to protect themselves-the construction of a mighty weapon of defense. But can they complete this weapon in time, and are they really prepared to use it to secure their freedom?
Powerful and compelling, X-Isle is a fast-moving thriller and a great read for boys. Filled with suspense, fights, adventure, and mystery, this is a book that will keep you guessing right to the very end.