"An imaginative world with the glint of originality ... richly conceived" -- Nicolette Jones Sunday Times 'Book of the Week' "The Pit and its community (are) a thought-through world, the writing sharp and funny, the boys an arresting mixture of toughness and tenderness" Guardian "A fast-moving, sometimes heartbreaking adventure with enough action to keep readers entertained, [with] a subtle message that no one should be judged without having a chance to prove him- or herself." -- Laura Godfrey Quill & Quire "An enticing debut" The School Librarian "Fierce questions are woven in to a fast paced adventure that will delight thrill seekers and deep thinkers alike." Katy Clapham, Storytellers, Inc.
Meaghan grew up in Canada. A sci-fi/fantasy nerd, she packed up all her movies and books, and shipped off to the UK to complete an MA in Writing for Children. Meaghan eventually returned to Canada broke, and worked at a series of unpaid internships at publishing houses, magazines and gossip rags. Through it all, she was writing stories in the office, on the subway, and in her lunch breaks. Urgle is her debut novel.
'When the next baby is dropped, I will leave to make room for him. He will take my place.' Abandoned at birth, the Brothers of the Ikkuma Pit know no mothers. They fend for themselves, each training their Little Brother to survive - until they grow into men and it's time for their Leaving Day. No boy knows what's beyond the forest. No Brother who left has ever come back. Until now...