Sometimes a book is so good that it demands two contests, Malorie Blackman's Noble Conflict is one of those books.
Through the door, Kaspar could see the duty librarian seated behind a desk. She wore her purple hair in a choppy hairstyle and the red ID Badge at the end of the lanyard prominently displayed around her neck meant she had the highest security clearance. She was scrutinizing data on a holo-screen to her right, a slight smile on her lips. Kaspar was surprised at how young she looked, not much older than him. And best of all she didn’t look too nerdy. He knocked once and went in.She smiled the moment she saw him. ‘Hello. I’m Mackenzie, call me Mac. You’re up late. Are you a night owl like me or are you on some kind of punishment detail? Hang on! Aren’t you the cadet who’s been all over the news recently? Milding? Rilding? Something like that? Sorry, I’m rambling! How can I help?’Kaspar blinked at the verbal barrage. Wow! And his first impression of her had been correct. She couldn’t have been more than a couple of years older than him. She had full lips, the largest almond-shaped brown eyes he’d ever seen and long, dark lashes. Kaspar wondered what had driven her to work at the research centre of the Guardian Academy. And how on earth had she managed to get such a high security clearance at her age? Surely proof positive that she had to be considerably older than she looked?
The winner will be able to propell their illustration career forward and conduct a Q&A with the cover designer behind Noble Conflict, which will then be published on Movellas. Three runners up will receive signed copies of Noble Conflict.
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