Michael Mann is a primary school teacher by day, and mostly writes when he should be sleeping at night. He was a winner of SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2020, and the 2019 London Writer’s Award (Spread the Word). He is passionate about diversity in children’s literature as a person of British and Indian heritage.
In this episode, he talks about his debut novel Ghostcloud, how teaching has inspired his writing and learning from other writers.
Kidnapped and forced to shovel coal underneath a half-bombed, blackened power station, 12-year-old Luke’s life is miserable.
Then, he discovers he can see things others can’t. Ghostly things. Specifically, a ghost-girl named Alma.
Alma, who can ride clouds through the night sky and bend their shape to her will, befriends Luke. And with Alma’s help, Luke discovers he is in fact a rare being – half-human and half-something else … Then Luke learns the terrible truth of why children are being kidnapped and forced to work in the power station, and he becomes even more desperate to escape.
Can Luke find out who he really is … and find his freedom?