A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
Rhian Ivory was found on the slushpile at Bloomsbury Children’s Books. The slightly quirky title of her first novel ‘When Isla meets Luke meets Isla’ caught the eye of a commissioning editor and 4 book deals followed writing under her maiden name, Rhian Tracey.
The Boy who drew the Future was published by Firefly Press in September 2015 and followed by HOPE in 2017. HOPE is about
Rhian has always wanted to be a writer but was told to get a proper job, so she trained as a teacher. Rhian currently lectures in Creative Writing and Children’s literature but spends as much time as possible on her non-proper job, writing.
Rhian is Patron for Reading at Akeley Wood School, Buckinghamshire.
Rhian is also Writer in Residence for The National Trust.
Rhian is represented by Kirsty McLachlan of David Godwin Associates.
HOPE by Rhian Ivory
The summer between school and sixth-form. When Hope doesn’t get into drama college, and her friends do, all her plans fall apart. She’s struggling with anger, grief for her father and a sense that her own body is against her. She meets Riley on the ferry and his texts give her someone to talk to. But this isn’t a story about a boy fixing everything. It’s about trying new things and having the courage to ask for help.
‘Rhian Ivory’s Hope immediately won me over for its ability rare among UK writers to capture the modern Irish dialect without venturing into ”Oirish” territory. Riley, the boy in question, serves as love interest to Hope, who’s struggling with derailed college options (Plan Bs are for people who fail), ongoing grief, and mental health issues. Her own voice is completely believable and makes this issue-heavy story both authentic and engaging.’ — Claire Hennessy, Irish Times
Noah and Blaze live in the same village over 100 years apart. But the two teenage boys are linked by a river and a strange gift: they both compulsively draw images they don’t understand, that later come true. They can draw the future.
1860s – Blaze is alone after his mother’s death, dependent on the kindness of the villagers, who all distrust his gift as witchcraft but still want him to predict the future for them. When they don’t like what he draws, life gets very dangerous for him. (more)
“Rhian Ivory’s book is FREAKING MINT. It gave me the feeling I had when I was young reading a book & being so captivated by it I was transported somewhere else.” — Rae Earl, author of My Mad Fat Diary
Isla moves down with her parents from Scotland to England and instantly feels herself in an alien land. But then she meets Luke and slowly their friendship blossoms into love. Each chapter reveals the alternate viewpoints of Isla and Luke–Isla the motormouth, Luke more measured. With the potential to appeal to both boys and girls, this is a brilliant first novel from a very talented author. (more)
“A well-paced first novel from Rhian Tracey narrated by two powerful voices, Luke and Isla.” — The Bookseller
This is a brilliantly effervescent sequel to “When Isla Meets Luke Meets Isla, ” where Isla and Luke, having started their relationship, find that the path of true love rarely runs smooth. What are you supposed to do when you love somebody but you find that you have different plans for the future? And then Isla does something to Luke that anybody would find hard to forgive. Will Luke forgive Isla? Can Isla do anything to make it right again? The narrative, written in alternative viewpoints from Isla and Luke, and in a brilliantly readable stream-of-consciousness style, totally captures the voice of today’s teenager. (more)
“It took me right back to being sixteen and all the bitter sweet experiences of first time fumblings with boys! Written from a boy then a girl’s point of view, there is plenty here for teenagers of both sexes to enjoy.” — Cathy Hopkins, author of the Mates, Dates
Four girls – Mary, Bea, Meena and Atlanta are thrown together – picked for very different reasons by their teacher – to form a book review club where their discussions and reviews will be heard on air on radio, chaired and presented by the incredibly cool Jazz. As the girls gradually relax with each other and talk more and more animatedly about what they think about the different books, they find they are learning from each other as well as about each other. And so they become friends. Until one day Mary does the unforgivable and, having flirted outrageously with Bea’s new boyfriend, makes an all-out play for him. The tender new friendship of the foursome is fractured as the ramifications spill out as a rseult of what Mary has done. Narrated by the different characters in turn, this is fresh, contemporary and compulsive writing that every teenager will identify with, charting as it does the insecurities, the pushing at boundaries, and the tests of friendship that can be real moral choices that characterise growing up the world over. (more)
“Check out this juicy read about friendship and betrayal and than god for good mates.” — SUGAR magazine
Rosie’s mum has a thing against fairgrounds, so when she agrees to take Rosie to the fair on the last day of their holiday, Rosie is shocked. But far greater surprises are in store. A visit to an odd little tent housing Florien’s Fates and Fortunes opens a Pandora’s box of mysteries – all of which Rosie is determined to solve. Firstly, how is it she can now see colours above people’s heads, and what do those colours tell her about them? Intrigued, Rosie decides to research and develop her new aura-reading skills by practicing them at school, on her friends and at home. It is her mum, she discovers, who is keeping the biggest secret of all. Could it have something to do with the father she’s never known and whom her mum refuses to speak about? Rosie will need to resolve her friendship issues if she is going to get the help she needs to piece together the mystery. (more)
“An open ending that lets the reader figure out ‘what comes next’ in Rhian Tracey’s True Colours. So lovely to find Children’s books that don’t answer all the questions and tie everything up with a bow. Why couldn’t there have been a boy like Sam around when I was growing up?” — Alexia Casale, author of The Bone Dragon