No Ballet Shoes in Syria
When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship.
But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves and to find Aya’s father – separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria.
With beautiful, captivating writing, wonderfully authentic ballet detail, and an important message championing the rights of refugees, this is classic storytelling – filled with warmth, hope and humanity.
Catherine Bruton introduces No Ballet Shoes in Syria
“Wise and kind and unputdownable.“ – Hilary McKay, Costa Book Prize-winning author of The Skylarks’ War
“A perfect balance of tragedy and triumph.” – Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock
“A moving story about one of the big issues of our time, told with wonderful clarity, and incredibly touching.” – Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo
“A moving, textured story … Ballet Shoes for the 21st century” – The Times
I Predict a Riot
It’s been a year since everything happened, but I still have bad dreams. Dreams of me and Tokes and Little Pea, racing through burning streets on the night the city was in flames…
Welcome to Coronation Road – a kaleidoscope of clashing cultures and parallel lives. There’s Maggie and her politician mum in their big house. There’s Tokes and his mum in a tiny bedsit, running from trouble. And there’s the ruthless Starfish gang, breeding fear throughout the neighbourhood.
Amateur film-maker Maggie prefers to watch life through the lens of her camera. In Tokes, she finds a great subject for her new film. And when violence erupts, led by the Starfish gang, Maggie has the perfect backdrop. But as the world explodes around her, Maggie can’t hide behind the lens any more…
Explosive drama, perfect for fans of Meg Rosoff and Annabel Pitcher.
The first round of auditions was a bit mad. All these wannabe popstars sitting around trying to look wacky/soulful/tragic (delete as appropriate) to catch the attention of the TV cameras.
At least we had a cracking back story. The story of me, Agnes, Jimmy and baby Alfie; the tears, the tragedy, the broken homes and feuding families, the star-crossed lovers. And only some of it was made up.
If I say so myself, it was genius: a sure-fire golden ticket to stratospheric stardom. Or at least that was the plan…
Pop! is a hilarious and heartbreaking tale of talent shows, strikes, recession, broken homes and olympic dreams. It’s been described as ‘Billy Elliot meets The X Factor via Shameless’ (The Bookseller). If you like Frank Cottrell Boyce, you’ll love this!
We Can be Heroes
My dad was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York. But the stuff in this book isn’t about that. It’s about the summer me and Jed and Priti tried to catch a suicide bomber and started a riot.There’s stuff about how we built a tree house and joined the bomb squad; how I found my dad and Jed lost his; and how we both lost our mums then found them again.So it’s not really about 9/11 but then again none of those things would have happened if it hadn’t been for that day. So I guess it’s all back to front, sort of …
We Can be Heroes tells the story of 12 year old Ben, whose father died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York. Ben meets 10 year old Priti, a Muslim girl who is convinced her brother is a suicide bomber. The pair decide to turn detective to try and foil the bomb plot with hilarious – and explosive – consequences.
We Can be Heroes is aimed at reader from eleven to 111. It has been described in The Bookseller as ‘an outstanding debut’ and ‘one to watch’, Alan Gibbons says in Books for Keeps, ‘ This is an astonishing, inventive book that deals with serious issues in an endearing, humorous way. It is a remarkable piece of work.’ Hazel Holmes’ review on Chicklish says, ‘Bruton is brilliant…This is an exceptional debut, an important book that is tender, funny, sometimes uncomfortable but also incredibly sensitive’. And a recent review in The Bookbag describes We Can be Heroes as, ‘An important book: brave, honest, funny and very tense.’
We Can be Heroes was inspired by an article I wrote for The Times in 2008 about children who had lost a parent in 9/11 attacks and it has been compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night-time, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Millions.
We Can be Heroes is now a family feature, starring Alison Steadman and Phil Davies.
Catherine also writes under the name of Cate Shearwater – find out more about Cate’s books here.