Books by Marlies Slegers

  • Drowning

    Marlies Slegers

    | Children's Books | This book has 224 pages

    ‘Come on, Mum, I can go, can’t I? Lars’ parents will be there and they’ll keep an eye on things. I’m old enough to go on holiday with friends. We won’t do anything stupid.’

    ‘I don’t know, Emma,’ says Mum. She looks worried. ‘You’re sixteen. And you hear so many crazy stories about youth campsites and binge drinking holidays…’

    ‘No alcohol, I promise. Not a drop. It’s not allowed there anyway, and you know I don’t even like it. And what could go wrong if my boyfriend’s parents come too?’

    Sixteen-year-old Emma wants to go on holiday to Blanes, Spain, with her boyfriend Lars and a group of friends. Ten days of partying in the sun and on the beach! And as far as her friends are concerned, that also includes drinking. Emma loses herself in drinking games, a crush, and nights out on the Spanish Costa Brava. It is sure to be a holiday to remember! But things get horribly out of hand and then a body is found… Who is telling the truth? Who can trust whom?

    In Drowning, Marlies Slegers addresses the social issue of alcohol abuse among young people in a penetrating manner.

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  • Fifteen

    Marlies Slegers

    | Children's Books | This book has 224 pages

    After the death of her father, 15-year-old Elena feels lonely and misunderstood. Then she starts talking to Tim on Facebook. She falls in love and decides to meet him. Soon afterwards, she disappears…

    17-year-old Job is trying to forget his past with drugs and alcohol, which caused him to go off the rails. His dominant father does not make it easy for him. Fortunately, he can vent his anger at the kickboxing gym, where he meets Daan. But why does Daan say that he already knows Job? Then Job makes a shocking discovery and Elena needs all her courage not to end up as a prey in the hands of a cunning hunter…

    Press on Fifteen
    ‘Very exciting and well written, but also a nice warning.’ – Leidsch Dagblad 

    ‘Exciting, topical, engaging.’ – **** Hebban.nl

    ‘A strong, instructive story by an author who has previously written for children and young people about topical issues such as sexting.’ – NBD Biblion

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  • Under My Skin

    Marlies Slegers

    | Children's Books | This book has 224 pages

    Coco is in love with Nick, but according to her best friend Eileen he is a player. For that reason, when Coco starts going out with him she wants to take it slow. When Nick suggests ‘safe sex’ via the webcam, she reluctantly agrees. After he shows the screenshots to his friends, Coco is furious and dumps him. Then she receives a nude photo of herself from an anonymous sender. If she does not send a new one within 24 hours, her photo will go viral. Nick says he knows nothing about it. But who is behind the threat? Not long afterwards, Coco’s life spins completely out of control…

    Press on Under My Skin:
    ‘Slegers writes accessibly, the story reads smoothly, and thanks to the rising tension and the desire to know what happens next and who did it, you’ll want to finish it in one sitting. […] At times while reading it gave me goose bumps. As the title says, this story really got under my skin.’ – Boekenbijlage

    ‘With the fantastic ending, you discover that nothing is what it seems and the story captivates until the very end. […] After reading this book, you will understand much better why someone would decide to send photos and videos and you will also be much more aware of how lasting the  onsequences can be.’ – **** Young Adult Books

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