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Rachel Ward

IMG_3826levelsRachel Ward
Rachel Ward grew up in Bookham, Surrey. After school she studied Geography at Durham University and combined working for a number of local authorities with raising a family. She began writing in her 30’s, starting out with short stories. One of these short stories formed the first chapter of NUMBERS, which has been published in 26 countries and was the winner of several awards including the Flemish Children and Youth Literature Prize 2011, Angus Book Awards 2010 and the Salisbury Schools Book Award 2012, as well as being shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2009, the Branford Boase Award 2010 and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturepreis 2011.
The sequel to NUMBERS 2: THE CHAOS was released in June 2010 and the third and final book in the series, NUMBERS 3: INFINITY was released in June 2011.
THE DROWNING, the first book in a new series of gritty, paranormal thrillers was published in May.
Both NUMBERS and THE DROWNING have been optioned by film companies.
Rachel lives in Bath, Somerset with her husband, two children, dog and four chickens.


  • NUMBERS (Chicken House/Scholastic, November 2008)
  • THE CHAOS (Chicken House/Scholastic, June 2010)
  • INFINITY (Chicken House/Scholastic, June 2012)
  • THE DROWNING (Chicken House, May 2013)
  • WATER BORN (Chicken House, August 2014)

    6134776NUMBERS by Rachel Ward

    Since her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number pops into her head – the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen. (more)

    “Ward’s debut novel is gritty, bold, and utterly unique.” – School Library Journal, starred review

    7248435THE CHAOS (NUMBERS #2) by Rachel Ward

    Adam sees “numbers” – when he looks in peoples’ eyes he can see their death-dates, just like his mum Jem used to. Adam has trouble dealing with his awful gift, and when he realises that everyone around him has the same series of numbers, he becomes deeply afraid of what might happen in 2025.

    Desperate to find out what could be about to go wrong, Adam spends hours researching possibilities – war, nuclear accidents, killer viruses. He knows something big is coming, but what? And is there anything he can possibly do about it? (more)

    “The Chaos is a riveting and frightening story with nuanced and compelling characters.” —  

    9872091INFINITY (NUMBERS #3) by Rachel Ward

    Adam, Sarah and little Mia are living together, struggling with the fame of seeing “numbers” – the dates when people will die.

    But something is about to tear them apart. During The Chaos, Mia swapped her number for another. Mia’s powerful new ability is highly desirable. Ruthless people are hunting her down. Everyone wants to live for ever …

    The third and final book in the thrilling, bestselling teen sci-fi series. (more)

    “A powerful and emotive read which will have your heart racing at a ridiculous speed. Amazing novel and full marks!” — Magic of Reading 

    16120205THE DROWNING by Rachel Ward

    What happens if you’ve done something terrible? But you can’t remember what. And you don’t know how to put it right …When Carl opens his eyes on the banks of a lake, his brother is being zipped into a body bag. What happened in the water? He can’t remember And when he glimpses a beautiful girl he thinks he recognizes, she runs away. Suddenly he knows he must find her – because together they must face the truth before it drowns them. (more)

    “…the fact that I read it in one sitting, shows that it’s one of those plots that embeds itself in your mind, draws you in completely and has you contemplating it for days” — Book Symphony

    20653947WATER BORN (THE DROWNING #2) by Rachel Ward

    Nicola’s dad has been terrified around water for as long as she can remember, and will never come to watch her swim. But then Nicola starts to hear a voice in the pool which changes everything. When girls start drowning, who’s to blame? What secrets lurk beneath the surface? (more)

    “. . . takes the word ‘thriller’ to a whole other level, and definitely leaves you on your toes” — Queen of Contemporary  

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