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Chris Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray; Poison; Storm Thief; the Malice series; and the graphic novel, Pandemonium.
"Booklist" Starred ReviewA couple of boys on a biology field trip uncover a silver creature with chitin markings eerily like a computer chip. But it is only the first of many horrible creatures whose scratches turn humans into silver insects--or the Infected. It's a biological weapon experiment gone awry, a horrifying precursor to an evil world bent on destroying itself. The challenge for a lucky (?) few Mortingham Boarding Academy students: how to survive and perhaps, more importantly, what happens if they do? Wooding has morphed a traditional English boarding school story--bullies, evil headmaster, well-intentioned teacher, and boy/girl drama--into a horror/survival story that would make William Golding and Gary Paulsen envious. The ugly, morphing Infected are graphic, both awe-inspiring and terrifying, as they devour their comrades to become larger, more intelligent, and more vicious. The tension is palpable as a small group of teens gradually out-thinks its few remaining adult leaders, thus leading the scant remaining survivors in a quest to escape. Is "sometimes being nice being stupid" or can goodness actually prevail? Carve out enough time to read "Silver "in a single sitting. You'll need it. Praise for THE HAUNTING OF ALAIZABEL CRAY: "An imaginative tour de force."-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review"Eerie and exhilarating."-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review"Readers will get finger cramps from rapidly turning the pages of Wooding's gripping tale."-KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred reviewPraise for POISON: "A compelling read."-KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review"Each scene of danger sings with tension. Lovers of adventure, horror, and suspense should keep an eye on this talented author."-HORN BOOK MAGAZINEPraise for STORM THIEF: "This stunning work of speculative fiction will appeal to Wooding's fans and earn him new ones."-KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review