About The Author
Moira Young (photo © Benjamin Harte) was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. She showed an early desire to be a writer, completing her first book aged nine, although she was to put this aside for the theatre until she enrolled on a course for children's writers in 2003.
After earning a history degree from the University of British Columbia, she moved to Britain to attend The Drama Studio. She earned her Equity Card with alternative comedy troupe Fancy Goods and playing the role of a tap-dancing chorus girl in Richard Eyre's production of High Society, before returning to Vancouver to retrain as an opera singer. She later performed solo concerts at St Martin's-in-the-Fields and the National Portrait Gallery.
She published her first book in 2011. Blood Red Road is the first in the Dustlands trilogy. Set in a lawless future, it sees Saba trying to track down her brother, who has been kidnapped by mysterious, black-robed riders who also killed her father. To aid her quest, she is accompanied by cleverest bird that ever flew and a handsome thief called Jack. The book won the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award and film rights have been sold to Ridley Scott.
Rebel Heart is the newly published second book in the Dustlands trilogy. Jack has vanished, leaving Saba to face a terrifying new threat, as well as coming to terms with her own dark secret.
To mark publication of the new book, Moira has compiled a list of her top ten books exclusively for Foyles, from C S Lewis to Jane Austen, the King James Bible to Lee Child's Jack Reacher thrillers.
To promote Rebel Heart, Moira is going on a Blog Tour, writing for a different young adult blogger every day. For Foyles, she's written about how younger readers can learn through fiction that dividing the world into 'goodies' and 'baddies' isn't always possible. Click here to read it.
Follow Moira on Twitter: @Moira_Young