WINNER OF THE CHILDREN’S BOOKS IRELAND BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
WINNER OF THE CHILDREN’S CHOICE AWARD
Declan loves Seaneen, but his ambition to work at a top showjumping yard is stronger than anything he’s ever felt before. So when Declan is offered his dream job in Germany, he should be thrilled. There’s nothing for him at home but dark history he’d rather forget.
But he’s terrified: leaving Seaneen’s harder than he expected; troubled hood Cian won’t leave him alone, and when he finds a traumatised horse in a derelict barn, he knows he has to help her. No matter how scared he is.
Grounded is a gripping story of courage, fear, despair and joy by the award-winning author of Taking Flight.
PRAISE FOR GROUNDED
‘ … a powerful, unsentimental account of a teenager trying to cope with a series of unexpected responsibilities.’ Judges, 23rd CBI Book of the Year Award
‘ … masterfully structured’ The Sunday Business Post
‘ It is a coming-of-age story as well as a powerful love story. Although a sequel to the award-winning Taking Flight,Grounded is a compelling standalone novel.’ Bookfest Recommended Reads Young Adult
‘ … the characters are real, so very real, with proper depth and emotions and the horses are … integral to the plot but this is not just a story for horse lovers. … an absorbing and compelling page turned I didn’t want to/couldn’t put it down. Just fantastic, must be amongst the best contemporary fiction around.’ ponymadbooklovers.com
‘The story is uncompromising in its depiction of life on the social margins but has a warmth and lightness of touch …’ An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
‘ … entirely engaging but also hard-hitting … It is the kind of good writing that a young adult readership deserve … Wilkinson offers no easy or trite solutions. … It would be wrong to think that this is a book of only one dark dimension – it is full of humour … The book’s vernacular never misses a beat in accuracy … The ending is devastating and beautifully written … Grounded … would be a great candidate for the next One City One Book Belfast reading initiative.’ Maureen Boyle, www.culturenorthernireland.org
‘ … excellently capturing the dramas of adolescence.’ Robert Dunbar, 30 treats to put around the tree
‘ … ideal for teenagers who like gritty stories.’ Sarah Webb, Irish Independent
‘Shocking, sometimes scary, Grounded pulses with an energy that stays with you long after the last page is turned.’ Books Ireland
‘ … extremely well observed and well written …’ Inis magazine
‘Grounded is an extraordinary story, and utterly believable.’ booksandmud.blogspot.ie
‘Wilkinson portrays complicated situations with nuanced truth and spare elegance.’ Kirkus Reviews magazine, USA
Sheena Wilkinson has won many awards for her fiction including five Children\'s Books Ireland Awards, most recently the Honour Award for Fiction for 2017\'s Star By Star, which was also shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. Described in The Irish Times as \'one of our foremost writers for young people\', Sheena received a Major Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2013. She teaches creative writing in settings ranging from universities to prisons and runs a young writers\' group in Belfast. Sheena lives in County Down where, when she\'s not writing or reading, she\'s either singing or walking in the forest -- sometimes at the same time.