(Usborne – ISBN: 978074606840 3)
Snatched! is a novel that I originally called Hubble and the Child. Why did the title change? Because, as I was finishing the book, I realised it was the wrong one. I didn’t know exactly why I thought that, but my editor agreed with me, too. It then took the two of us a good couple of weeks to come up with something we both liked and thought described what the book was about.
It’s a historical novel, set in 1855 and with a circus background, about a boy called Daniel who was abandoned hours after his birth. It is, as the cover says, ‘A Daring Tale of Kidnapping and Treason’, with a tasty mix of mystery, danger and dark secrets thrown in for good measure. And because it’s a historical novel, no Health and Safety issues…
‘A hugely enjoyable read with a memorable cast.’ – The Bookseller
‘From the opening pages when baby Daniel is saved from a circus lion’s cage, Graham Marks’ racy prose barely lets the reader draw breath. Snatched! is as taut as a highwire and as much fun as a buggy full of clowns.’ – Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now
‘With a new twist on the past, Graham Marks has written a great circus adventure, one that keeps the pages flashing past and your attention held until the very end.’ – Sally Gardner, author of I, Coriander