Caroline Green
Caroline Green

All About Caroline Green

Caroline Green was first prompted to write stories by an inspiring primary school teacher who encouraged her to explore creative writing in and out of school. After graduating from Sheffield University, she started a career as a journalist and has written about science and health for many newspapers and magazines over the years. She is currently the news editor of Flipside, a magazine that tackles science and technology for teenagers in a fun and interesting way.

But writing fiction was always Caroline’s first love and her novel for young adults, Dark Ride, was published in 2011. The book won the Waverton Good Read Award and the RoNA Young Adult Novel of the Year. Her second title with Piccadilly Press, Cracks, was selected on Radio Four’s Open Book programme as one of the children’s books of the year and was nominated for eight awards by school children and librarians.

Since then Caroline Green has published two more books for young adults, Hold Your Breath, which was nominated for the Portsmouth Book Award and the Cheadle Hulme-St James Book Award 2014, and Fragments, the sequel to her futuristic thriller Cracks.

Caroline lives in North London with her husband and two sons.

Caroline’s School Visits

Caroline is happy to run workshops with students from years six through to nine. Themes will vary but might be based, for example, around creating exciting characters in fiction. With a younger group she will get students to find fun new ways of fleshing out characters and older students may end up doing a deeper piece of creative writing, delving into a character’s personality. Workshops may also involve the use of props such as photographs or items of belonging to spark story ideas. Above all Caroline wants students to experience the pleasure that can come from ‘making things up’ and allowing your imagination to roam free. Workshops usually run for an hour.

Caroline will also do author talks to groups of any size and she often incorporates anecdotes from her journalism work into her presentations. Because her books Cracks and Fragments have a futuristic storyline, Caroline will sometimes try to get the group to think about the ways in which science and technology are weaved into our lives. The talk will involve a PowerPoint presentation that includes her exciting book trailers.

Caroline’s Books

Dark Ride

dark ride

A mysterious boy. A haunting secret …
A shiver crawled up my spine. It felt like the loneliest place in the world. For a second I thought I caught a snatch of music in the air, but it was just the wind whistling through cracks in the fairground hoardings.
My instincts screamed, `Run away, Bel! Run away and never return!’
But instead my fingers closed around the ticket in my pocket. ADMIT ONE.
Bel has never met anyone like Luka. And the day she follows him into the abandoned fairground, she is totally unprepared for the turn her life is about to take.

Cracks

cracks

“I’m shaking all over. My brain feels like a computer whose hard drive is full. I can’t take any more weirdness – I haven’t got room in my head. I look around the kitchen and I know something is different but I can’t put my finger on it.”
Cat’s discovering that his life is not as ordinary as he thought. That’s scary. Particularly when it seems he’s the very last to know.
He needs to find out the truth – but, with lies, danger and deceit on all sides, is there anyone he can trust?

Hold Your Breath

hold your breath

‘Tara picked up the tiny silver earring and ran her thumb over the smooth metal. The inside of the locker got darker and then blindingly detailed, like a screen where she could see every pixel. Oh no, not this, she thought.’

If something is lost, Tara knows where to find it. But her strange gift has brought nothing but trouble. So when mean girl Melodie Stone disappears, the last thing Tara wants to do is find her. But the dark images in her head just won’t go away… A riveting psychological thriller/romance from Caroline Green, award-winning author of Cracks and Dark Ride.

Fragments

fragments

The thrilling sequel to Cracks.

In a paranoid, near-future Britain, Kyla hides out from the oppressive authorities, but even she can’t avoid the ruthless Counterinsurgency and Anti-Terror Squads, known as CATS. But instead of capturing her, the CATS cut her a deal. They want to brainwash Kyla, and use the talents that make her elusive her athletic ability, cunning and quick-thinking to turn her into a valuable asset of their own . . . hunting down the very people fighting for her freedom. Will Kyla wake up to the real truth? Or will she be trapped forever in a terrifying world?

The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door

Caroline also writes thrillers for adults under the pen name Cass Green. Her debut The Woman Next Door is an e-book bestseller and is also available in paperback, published by Harper Collins Killer Reads.

A No.1 e-book bestseller, perfect for fans of Her by Harriet Lane and In a Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder. Everybody needs good neighbours…Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It’s obvious to her that despite Melissa’s outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester’s help. But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa…

Reviews and Recommendations

“If you devoured The Hunger Games, (this) will hit the spot.” Amanda Craig, The Times

‘Caroline Green’s thriller is taut and suspense-packed right up to the last page.’ Financial Times

‘Beautifully crafted, fast-paced thriller in which nothing is as it seems. More like this please.’ The Independent

‘A gripping story, impossible to put down. Green cranks up the tension with every page.’ L.A. Weatherley

“Gripping, psychological (and romantic) thriller about a girl with telepathic powers.” The Bookseller

‘Taut and chilling. I couldn’t put it down.’ LA Weatherly, bestselling author of Angel.

‘Gets the pulse racing – clever and action-packed. Green’s sympathetic protagonists and lucid style make her stand out; at the heart of her stories is a strong feeling for family dynamics and bullying.’ The Times

“Top-notch thriller. Taut and enthralling.” Philip Womack, Literary Review

‘A taut, suspenseful and fast-paced thriller . . .  If you loved Hunger Games and are yearning for something special to read then Cracks followed by Fragments.’ Lovereading4Kids

‘I thoroughly recommend Caroline as a writer and as a visiting author; her presentations are excellent and she engages really well with the students who respond well to her warm personality.’ Sheila Compton BA(Hons) MCLIP, Librarian Dame Alice Owen’s School

‘Caroline is not only a great story-teller and exceptional writer of young adult fiction, she is also an inspirational figure to have in school. Whether it’s presenting to large audiences or smaller class groups, from the moment she arrives until the minute she leaves she holds the attention of everyone in the room – and keeps it! Her presentations are well-prepared, interesting, informative and highly entertaining from start to finish and they ellicit great questions from the students. Having been lucky enough to have hosted three separate visits (for which Caroline delivered something different each time, and to different year groups) I can thoroughly recommend Caroline Green to any school librarian and/or English teacher who wants to get students from Year 7-9, boys and girls alike, enthused about books, reading and the art of story telling.’ Sarah Harris – School Librarian

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Caroline Green, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk

Further information on caroline is available from her website:http://www.carolinegreen.net