One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool.
As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . '
That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start...
After rescuing all the neighbourhood dogs, Ruby sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.
The Rain is now published in the UK by Macmillan Children's Books and sounds brilliant! I'm lucky enough to be part of the blog tour - a blog tour that's a bit different - and I hope you guys enjoy reading all about the life cycle of The Rain!
THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE RAIN
We all remember learning about the water cycle at school don’t we? How the sun heats the water, and the water evaporates and… blah blah blah. The Water Cycle was never a topic that set our school books on fire BUT maybe if Ruby Morris had paid more attention to her Geography teacher then she’d know exactly which clouds might kill her! So we’re here to educate you, because don’t forget, just one drop will kill you. From the writing process to publication, join us for a blog tour with a difference, as we learn about a FAR more interesting cycle – The Life Cycle of The Rain by Virginia Bergin.
1. The sun heats the ocean i.e. Virginia Bergin gets an excellent idea
2. Prevailing winds pick up the manuscript and deliver it to the Agent Louise Lamont
3. Pressure (also known as excitement) begins to build within the publishing cloud of Macmillan with Editor Rachel Petty
4. Virginia Bergin is as high as a cirrocumulus cloud as her book begins to form
5. Storm clouds gather over Frankfurt and Bologna – Rights
6. A downpour of marketing and publicity support
7. Take shelter in your local bookshop – Totnes Bookshop
THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE RAIN - Take shelter in your local bookshop! @TotnesBookshop
The Rain author, Virginia Bergin, let slip that the fictional town of Dartbridge “the hippy capital of the universe, drowning in tie-dye and organic vegetables” was loosely based on the beautiful market town of Totnes, South Devon.
So now that The Rain has completed its cycle and is available to buy in the shops, who better to offer up some survival advice than The Totnes Bookshop – just as long as they survive the vicious looters of Totnes, sorry I mean Dartbridge.
How to protect yourself from The Rain:
* Seek shelter - run to your favourite independent bookshop: Totnes Bookshop
* Do not venture outside - one drop of rain will kill you. Stay inside and browse our shelves.
* If you have to venture out, buy a large, heavy (and expensive book) to protect you from the deadly deluge.
* If in doubt, return to the safe sanctuary of the bookshop.
Remember, this bookshop could save your life!