Phosphorescence (Young Adult)

Phosphorescence, Raffaella Barker's first novel for young adults - now available as an audiobook.

'In August the Norfolk sea warms, and the algae become phosphorescent. If you swim in it at night you become luminous. Your skin drips light like sequins and you seem to be made of glittering scales.'

Lola Jordan’s life is sinking deep into disaster. Not only does she feel like a total loser at her new London school, but then her project on phosphorescence is read out in front of the entire school assembly – and she wants the ground to swallow her up. Why on earth did she write those weird descriptions of diving under glowing green waves like a glittering mermaid?

Desperate to avoid everyone finding out that Lola’s spent her entire life in a tiny seaside village, things take a serious turn for the worse when her project sparks a school trip to the Norfolk village where she grew up. Suddenly she finds herself stuck on a deserted island with a group of teenagers she has nothing in common with, and a boy she can’t get out of her mind.

Against a background of the mysteriously sparkling sea, the two halves of Lola’s life collide in an explosion of romance and adventure.


Poetic and lyrically written, Phosphorescence sings the praises of Norfolk beautifully' - Eastern Daily Press


'Raffaella's first venture into young adult fiction ... is finnely balanced, tuning in to teenagers' emotional wavelength' - Sunday Telegraph

'Essential summer reading' - Observer

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