Michael Mann is a primary school teacher by day, and mostly writes when he should be sleeping at night. He was a winner of SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2020, and the 2019 London Writer’s Award (Spread the Word). He is passionate about diversity in children’s literature as a person of British and Indian heritage. Michael was born in London but moved to North Yorkshire when he was ten. He now lives with his partner and daughter in London. He’s a fan of board games, reading, cloud spotting and outdoor swimming. He won his first writing competition at school aged 10, for a poem about potatoes. He had to shake hands with a giant potato in front of the whole school and still has the photo to prove it.
Twelve-year-old Luke Smith-Sharma shovels coal under a half-bombed, blackened power station. With his best friend, Ravi, he keeps his head down, hoping to one day earn his freedom and return to his family, while avoiding the wrath of the evil Tabatha Margate. Whilst serving punishment in the haunted East Wing, Luke realises he can see things others can’t in the power station; ghostly things. He befriends a ghost-girl called Alma, who can ride clouds through the night sky and bend their shape to her will. When Luke discovers the terrible truth of why Tabatha Margate is kidnapping children and forcing them to work in the power station, Alma agrees to help him and his friends escape. Can Luke find his voice, while trying to find a way home?
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