Newskids on the Net is a thriller for young readers aged from nine to early teens. It is set in a year in which England is hosting the World Cup. Written by former BBC TV producer Nick Handel, it tells the story of a group of teenagers who set up their own TV news station; but when a school friend goes missing, Newskids on the Net becomes the nerve centre of a desperate nationwide search. Soon the kids themselves are front page news and propelled into a deadly adventure involving a corrupt England striker. Kidnapping, late night stake-outs and secret recordings lead to a nerve-jangling climax at a World Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.
"I usually don't finish books, but finished this one quickly and loved it. My mum thought I was asleep, but I was reading." Hatty Wollard, 11, Dorset
"I read the book in two sittings becasue I couldn`t put it down. You will want to read it all at once." Oscar Powell, 12. Warwickshire
"Tension dripping from every page. The climax at Wembley was an action-packed ending to a fantastic book."
Sam Thomson, 13. Surrey
Nick is supporting the novel with a website, where he takes readers behind the scenes of the book and offers his top tips for young video-makers.
Nick Handel is a former award-winning BBC TV producer whose many credits include In At The Deep End (with Chris Serle and Paul Heiney), Jobs For The Girls (with Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson) and the annual Children in Need appeal.
As film director on "That`s Life!" he discovered the talking Yorkshire terrier who made the world "Sausages" a national catch phrase and went on to make documentaries on a wide range of subjects from missing persons to the price of fame. Now freelance, he spends much of his time mentoring the next generation of producer/directors and works extensively with literacy departments in schools. His new book, "Calling the Shots!" (www.pogolearning.com) helps children understand how film and TV use a variety of techniques to tell stories and explains how those same techniques can be applied to their own creative writing.