The Memory Thieves

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal
A World Book Day Summer Read
A Guardian Best Book of the Month
An Observer Best Book of the Month

A BookTrust Best Read
A Literacy Trust Recommended Read

Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award
Shortlisted for the Portsmouth Book Award

‘I loved Simpson’s 2019 debut, ScavengersThe Memory Thieves – aimed at older middle years – does not disappoint. Simpson’s tween protagonists live on a mysterious island sanctuary, where they have come voluntarily to recover from trauma. The renamed Cyan, Ruby and Teal drive dune buggies, their bad memories regularly wiped using the Lethe Method. Of course, this goldfish-brain existence can’t last: Cyan discovers messages coded into bleached whalebone and the Method really does not suit one new arrival. Pacy, profound and original.’
Kitty Empire, The Observer

‘Simpson combines fast-paced visual storytelling with a complex, thought-provoking message about coming to terms with the past.’
Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian

‘A highly original story of dark deceptions and fierce loyalties’
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

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