Books published under the Strident imprint

For the Good of the Cause

For The Good of the Cause explodes the romanticism of The Skye Boat Song in a bold fictionalisation of the events that inspired it. It gives an insight into why people follow leaders…sometimes regardless of their flaws. Young Flora MacDonald is no Jacobite rebel. Nor is she an admirer of the Jacobites’ fugitive leader, Bonnie Prince…


Genre: Adventure, Faction, Historical, Strident
Subjects: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Culloden, Flora MacDonald, Jacobites, rebellion, Scotland, Skye, uprising

Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar

New from Supreme Master of Weirdness Kirkland Ciccone (not to mention 2014 Catalyst Book Award WINNER)… Over one thousand teenagers entered the school hall at nine o’clock. But someone didn’t stick around for long… Enkadar is a country without war, violence, disease and poverty. It is paradise. There is only one problem with the glorious nation…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Murky, Satire, Strident, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles |

Don’t Judge Me

The incendiary new novel from award-winning Linda Strachan. We all make snap judgements, about our friends, people we meet and other people’s motives. But what if we’re wrong? What if a life depends on getting it right? Take 4 teens, an arsonist, an unreliable witness and four different motives. With life and death on the…


Genre: Coming of Age, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident
Series: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions | Subjects: Arson, crime, Investigating, Vulnerability

Dead Boy Talking

Josh has 25 minutes left to live. Yesterday he stabbed his best mate and now it’s happened to him. Lying alone in a pool of blood Josh hasn’t much time to think, but there are things he can’t get out of his head. Where is his girlfriend, Skye? What happened to his missing brother? And…


Genre: Coming of Age, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident
Series: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions | Subjects: crime, Investigating, Knife crime

DarkIsle: The Final Battle

(DarkIsle trilogy, book 3) All seems well in Marnoch Mor. Bertie the dodo, Aldis the rat and Shona the dragon are looking forward to a relaxing Christmas. However, Morag is having bad dreams -an old enemy is trying to reach her. And when another former foe turns up on her doorstep it is clear something…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

DarkIsle: Resurrection

Book 2 in the trilogy begun by Scottish Children’s Book-winner DarkIsle. Two months after she saved The Eye of Lornish, Morag is adjusting to life in the secret northern kingdom of Marnoch Mor. But dark dreams are troubling her and a spate of unexplained events prove that even with the protection of her friends—Shona the dragon, Bertie the…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

DarkIsle

Scottish Children’s Book Awards winner(DarkIsle trilogy, book 1) For 10-year-old Morag, there’s nothing magical about the cellar of her cruel foster parents’ home. But that’s where she meets Aldiss, a talking rat, and his resourceful companion, Bertie the dodo. She jumps at the chance to run away and join them on their race against time…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Strident
Series: DarkIsle trilogy | Subjects: demons, Dragons, Irvine, Oban, Scotland

Conjuring the Infinite

Catalyst Book Award winnerWINNER of the Catalyst Book Award 2014   Read: CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 or CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 And here’s an hilarious Teen Titles interview with Kirkland, alongside a review of Conjuring The Infinite.   Madness. Magick. Murder The Cottage is a care unit in the country for…


Genre: Fiction, Murky, Mystery, Quirky, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: crime, cult

Cat’s Paw

Pashki: the ancient Egyptian art of moving like a cat. The Cat Kin: London’s most unusual after-school club. The Cat Kin are not the only ones with extraordinary skills. Ben Gallagher has stumbled on a far more sinister gang, ruled over by a man with a horrific past. Deep beneath the city streets hides the deadly…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Coming of Age, Danger, Fiction, Strident, Thriller
Series: Cat Kin Trilogy | Subjects: Animal rights, crime, Loss

Cat’s Cradle

Pashki, the art of moving like a cat, has survived for more than two thousand years. So has something else. Ben has a problem. After years of separation, his mum and dad are back together, and he doesn’t want to miss a moment of it. The trouble is, Tiffany is now a girl with a…


Genre: Adventure, Animals, Coming of Age, Crime, Danger, Fiction, Strident, Thriller
Series: Cat Kin Trilogy | Subjects: Animal rights, cats, crime

Bree McCready & The Realm of The Lost

Who would have guessed it? A shy swat, a psycho rebel and a lanky nerd try to save the world…for a third time! Strange things start to happen at the Halloween funfair, and fourteen-year-old Bree McCready immediately suspects they have something to do with the half-heart locket. Sensing trouble, Bree, and her friends, Sandy and Honey, seek…


Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Strident
Series: Bree McCready Trilogy | Subjects: demons, Family, Journey

Bree McCready & The Half-Heart Locket

Bree McCready has a mission: she has just one night to save the world! It starts when a clue inscribed on a Half-Heart Locket leads Bree and her best friends Sandy and Honey to an ancient magical book. With it they can freeze time, fly and shrink to the size of ants. But they soon…


Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Strident
Series: Bree McCready Trilogy | Subjects: demons, Family, Journey

BREE MCCREADY & THE FLAME OF IRENUS cover

Bree McCready & The Flame of Irenus

Eight months after her death-defying escape from Castle Zarcalat, Bree McCready thinks she’s seen the last of the half-heart locket and the dangerous magical book that goes with it…until Honey’s kid sister, Mimi, disappears. Faced with a bone-crunching race against time to rescue Mimi, Bree must rely on her friends more than ever. Soon they…


Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Strident
Series: Bree McCready Trilogy | Subjects: demons, Family, Journey

Bad Faith

Life’s easy for Cassandra. The privileged daughter of a rector, she’s been protected from the extremist gangs who enforce the One Church’s will. Her boyfriend Ming is a bad influence, of course, with infidel parents who are constantly in trouble with the religious authorities. But Cass has no intention of letting their different backgrounds drive…


Genre: Action, Coming of Age, Crime, Dystopia, Existential, Fiction, Satire, Strident, Thriller
Subjects: crime, Meaning of life

How (Not) To Make Bad Children Good

Ever since she bit Santa when she was six months old, it’s been downhill all the way for Martha. She is horrible to her baby brother, Boris, elder sister, Sally, and her parents are in despair. Far away from earth, Martha’s behaviour comes to the attention of the Interstellar Agency, whose aim is to make…


Genre: Fiction, Humour, Morality tales, Strident
Subjects: Behaviour, Family, Interstellar