Author(s): Martyn Bedford
Gloria is tired of her ordinary life. She barely recognizes the free-spirited girl she used to be in the unadventurous teenager she has become. So when a mysterious boy bent on breaking the rules strolls into her classroom, Gloria is ready to fall under his spell. Uman is funny, confident and smart. He does whatever he likes and doesn't care what anyone thinks of him. The only people for him are the mad ones, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn. He is everything Gloria wishes to be. He can whisk her away from the life she loathes and show her a more daring, more exciting one, in which the only limits are the boundaries of her own boldness. But Uman in not all he seems and by the time she learns the truth about him, she is a long way from home and everyone wants to know, Where's Gloria?
Martyn Bedford is the author of Never Ending (2014) and Flip (2011), which was shortlisted for the Costa Award, named a Red House Pick of the Year, won four regional awards (The Sheffield Children's Book Award, the Calderdale Book of the Year Award, the Bay Book Award, the Immanuel College Book Award) and was shortlisted for several others.