Having fled Liverpool, his home city, and left with precious little time to escape his volatile father, Danny ends up in a safe, rural corner of Shropshire, along with his mother. It seems to be another fresh start, but little does he know just how different it will be this time.
A problematic beginning at his new school pales into insignificance once Danny disturbs a ghost from the past. Danny’s positivity and resilience will have to confront unpredictable change, isolation, fear, and bullying. If he fails, everything will unravel spectacularly – once again!
A story which perfectly complements the transition between primary and secondary school.
Front cover illustration courtesy of Liz Mellor.
Steve Morris has spent the vast majority of his career – twenty-three years and counting – in primary education. From class teacher to headteacher, he has a lot of experience dealing with six-year-old pupils. He’s especially passionate about encouraging children to read and write, both for the sheer enjoyment of it and the escapism it sometimes offers. Away from his day job, Steve is married and has two teenage children. He enjoys getting out regularly on his bike, exploring the beautiful Shropshire countryside.
The Distant Beat is his debut novel.