Click here to listen to the first chapter of The Summer Sacrifice’s audiobook.
Click here to watch Holly visiting Dancing Ledge: the birthplace of The Summer Sacrifice.
“The present world is often terrifying to a sensible adult. Hinton reflects its effect on youngsters in a powerfully imagined world that hums with poetry. In its pages, in the words of Yeats, a terrible beauty is born. Herein lies empathy, barreling adventure and an iconic heroine, Jamie Tuff.”
Jamie Tuff“I just happen to drop into other people’s bodies now and then, but don’t worry, I can’t control it!”
“Symbol my arse. That is a dead and stinking bird, attached to a dead and stinking snake!”
“If I go to Askerwell I’ll be dragged down to hell! Can I take anyone with me?”
“Did you see me smash it? Blake didn’t know what was coming when I wrestled him to the ground!”
Ella Rose Last
“Transparent means being honest, rule-abiding, nice and good. I’m all those things, aren’t I?”
Map designed by Joel Sams.
Only the Island survived the Great Storm. It’s quite small and just a quarter of it is inhabited. That quarter is called No Place.
The Establishment rule No Place. Here is what they have to say: “We in the Establishment save lives through the boundaries we create. Our boundaries are your protectors. And trespassers will be punished.”
Pity Me is No Place’s largest settlement and its capital.
The Pity Me Perfects are students selected by the Establishment to help them rule, both in school and out.Officially, they are selected for their objectivity and fairness. Really, they are selected from the ranks of the wealthy. The Perfects do not live up to their name.
The Tombland Gang
The Tombland Gang are Pity Me School’s resident thugs. As the Gang’s ranks have swollen, the number of orphans plummeting to their deaths has also grown. The Gang do live up to their name.
“I am the Headmistress of Pity Me School and the Head of the Establishment.But you probably all know that. At least, you ought to. . . ”
Phosphor-Jones, Head of History
“Dreaming is of little use, and not to be cultivated.”
Miss Humfreeze, Head of English
The English teacher’s eyes look like they could tell a thousand tales, and her wide mouth often tells them. The manshu and juvenites love her for this, lapping up her words like they are delicious drops of non- fermented Honeydew.
No Place’s Chief Doctor
“What a wonderful specimen you are! You’ll look perfect sweating out your life in my Laboratory!”
Illustrated Chapter Headings.
I drew some pictures to accompany the chapter titles. Below is a sample. Hope you enjoy!
Chapter 30. Little Sea
Chapter 31. Fireforge
Holly grew up in a small, sleepy village in Suffolk. The acting bug hit her at age nine, when she was asked to play Baboushka in the school nativity. That same year she played the lead role of a naughty black poodle in a pet parlour themed ballet, and she thought she had made it. Years passed, but the acting bug didn’t. She went to Goldsmiths, University of London to study Drama, after which she completed her actor training at Arts Ed.
Book sounds amazing and I love the illustrations…would love to read it with my grandkids
Heather Shaw says
Mary Preston says
Loving all the drawings. This looks like fun.
Holly Hinton says
Thank you for your lovely comments. I hope you all enjoy the book!