Twice Carnegie-medal winning Geraldine McCaughrean’s new novel is set in a word paralysed by natural disaster and dangerous politics.
Fifteen-year-old Gloria is maid to Afalia’s tyrannical Head of State, Madame Suprema. When the country is hit by unprecedented flooding, Madame Suprema runs away, fearing she will be blamed for the crisis. To cover up this cowardly act Gloria has to pretend to be Madame Suprema and is thrust into a world of corrupt and desperate politicians.
As Gloria becomes aware of the forces toying with her every move, she must take decisions that could save, or end, thousands of lives – including her own …
Challenging, disturbing and darkly funny, Geraldine McCaughrean’s new masterpiece is incredibly relevant to our present times.