RACHEL WARD first won a writers' award at a regional arts festival, and her prize-winning short story turned into the opening chapter of NUMBERS, her breakout debut novel. Its sequel, THE CHAOS, was published in Spring 2011; the trilogy concludes with INFINITY. Rachel lives in Bath, England, with her husband and their two children.
Praise for NUMBERS "Even the idea of this book gave me chills. How would you like to know someone's fate just by looking in their eyes? Creepy and original." --R.L. Stine "A page-turner. What starts as a simple extrasensory gimmick grows into an increasingly engrossing and au courant plot line involving terrorism, class tensions, and youth. One thing is certain: Ward's Numbers is ace." -- The Los Angeles Times * "Gritty, bold, and utterly unique. Jem's isolation and pain, hidden beneath a veneer of toughness, are palpable, and the ending is a real shocker." * -- School Library Journal, STARRED review *"It's a gritty tale, unsparingly told, and debut novelist Ward demonstrates exceptional control of her material. Her characters remain true to themselves and their bleak circumstances, making for some excruciating moments....Despite its supernatural premise, Jem's story shines a stark and honest light on the lives of teens on the fringe."* -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED review "A lovely, bittersweet tearjerker about living life to the fullest." -- Kirkus Reviews "A moving portrayal of life and love lost." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Intelligent and life-affirming. Rachel Ward is certainly one to watch." -- The Guardian (UK) "Utterly compelling." -- The Sunday Telegraph (UK)