Paradise End

3.48 based on 91 ratings & 8 reviews on Goodreads.com

Paradise End by Elizabeth Laird, author of The Fastest Boy in the World, is the story of an unlikely friendship between two girls who both long for a different life.

Carly often finds herself gazing through the gates of Paradise End. She fantasizes about discovering that she was swapped at birth, and is in fact the rightful owner of the beautiful, empty mansion.

She longs to escape the three-bedroom semi she shares with her ordinary parents, her revolting brother and annoying sister, to go and live in the palatial luxury of the fascinating house.

Then she meets Tia, the daughter of the new tenant of Paradise End, and Carly begins to realize that life behind the impressive pillars and long, elegant windows isn't anything like her dream.

Sizzling pace, richly drawn characters and a resoundingly moral and important story. There is intense emotion, too. The climactic scene is brilliantly handled: orchestrated to the drumbeat of an accompanying thunderstorm, it is a dizzying mix of champagne, beauty, ugliness and hatred. Necessary, yet shocking; right, yet tear-inducing; horrible, yet hopeful - that's clever writing indeed
Guardian
Remains strongly readable throughout
Independent

About Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal six times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can.

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Books by Elizabeth Laird

Jake's Tower
Jake's Tower
Welcome to Nowhere
Welcome to Nowhere
Crusade
Crusade
Oranges in No Man's Land
Oranges in No Man's Land
Red Sky in the Morning
Red Sky in the Morning
Dindy and the Elephant
Dindy and the Elephant
The Fastest Boy in the World
The Fastest Boy in the World
The Prince Who Walked With Lions
The Prince Who Walked With Lions
Secrets of The Fearless
Secrets of The Fearless
The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour
Lost Riders
Lost Riders
Kiss the Dust
Kiss the Dust
A Little Piece of Ground
A Little Piece of Ground
The Garbage King
The Garbage King