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The Boy Who Drew the Future

by Rhian Ivory

Published September 2015

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YA contemporary/historical thriller - can the future be redrawn?

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE Medal 2017

Two teenage boys, over a 150 years apart, have the same gift or curse — they draw things that come true. Blaze, orphaned and living alone in 1865 swaps his pictures for protection, with threats of the workhouse and witch trials hanging over him. In the present day, Noah tries all he can to stop drawing, but the more he fights, the more it takes over. He is used to everyone, even his parents, being afraid of him and is desperate not to be seen as a freak at his new school. But as he gets closer to Beth, will he give himself away? One boy hiding in the past, one in the present, can their futures set them free?

Shortlisted for the Cumbria Schools Book Award 2016 and the Calderdale Children's Book of the Year 2016

Shortlisted for the Shropshire Teenage Book Awards Book of the Year 2017 and the Wirral Children's Paperback of the Year 2017

Praise for The Boy Who Drew the Future:

‘Rhian Ivory’s book is FREAKING MINT. It gave me the feeling I had when I was young reading a book & being so captivated by it I was transported somewhere else.’ Rae Earl (My Mad Fat Diary)

‘Tense, atmospheric, creepy and romantic. I loved The Boy Who Drew the Future.’ Lee Weatherly (The Angel series)

‘Noah, Blaze and their compelling, intertwined stories will stay with you long after the final page’ Ruth Warburton (Witch Finder, A Witch in Winter)

Selected as one of the Telegraph’s Best Young Adult Books of 2015: Two boys are linked by parallel stories in this atmospheric thriller from Rhian Ivory. Blaze and Noah are both 15 and both live in the same village, Sible Hedingham. Both have the same ability, to draw the future. Is it a gift or a curse? What makes the story so absorbing is that Noah is a modern teenager while Blaze is a boy accused of witchcraft in the 1860s. I liked the historical feel to the Blaze chapters, and Noah is an engaging character, especially with his insecurities over a blossoming romance with Beth. Secrets start to emerge as danger grows and Ivory keeps the tension high in this taut novel. 

Seleted as Kirkland Ciccone’s top teen reads for Christmas 2015, Daily Record: A strange but utterly compelling story about a boy who has a strange ability to draw the future and his talent is ruining his life...but it may save someone else's.

Lovereading4kids: Tense, and creepy, there are real thrills in this absorbing story… We want things to work for Noah, but there’s a very real sense that they might not and Rhian Ivory maintains the tension until the very end. 

Books for Keeps Book of the Week: 4* The two stories are told in alternating chapters, and a school trip to the old Victorian workhouse links the stories from present and past, providing an exciting climax to the story.

We Love This Book: The Boy Who Drew the Future has a very interesting premise and it is very clever how Ivory has chosen to show the similarities and differences in attitudes towards what could be called psychic ability in the past and present day. The Boy Who Drew the Future is an enjoyable read and there is an excellent balance between the present day and the historical, which should appeal to many young readers, as should the school setting in Noah's narrative.

Armadillo Magazine: Written in short pacey chapters, alternately from each boy's perspective, the novel is gripping as the tension mounts. The protagonists are trapped by their fear of condemnation as outsiders or freaks, and their search for safety and acceptance is one that will resonate with many young adults. Settings are fascinatingly drawn, particularly the horror of the workhouse tunnels. The interweaving of the boys' stories is revealed piece by piece, creating a compelling and moving mystery.

This haunting tale of two boys linked by a special gift will stay with you for a while once you’re finished. Subtle in its telling, The Boy Who Drew The Future draws you in with its intriguing build up and then ruins you emotionally by the end.