I AM MARGARET SERIES
I Am Margaret by Corinna Turner
Book one in the I Am Margaret Series
IN MARGO’S WORLD, IF YOU DON’T PASS YOUR SORTING AT 18 YOU ARE RECYCLED. LITERALLY.
Margaret Verrall dreams of marrying the boy she loves and spending her life with him. But she’s part of the underground network of Believers – and that carries the death penalty. And there’s just one other problem.
She’s going to fail her Sorting. But a chance to take on the system ups the stakes beyond mere survival. Now she has to break out of the Facility - or face the worst punishment of all: Conscious Dismantlement.
For mature teens and adults. Contains language and violence integral to the story. One of 2 runners-up for the "Teen and Children's" Catholic Arts Letters Award in 2016.
“Great style – very good characters and pace. Definitely a book worth reading, like The Hunger Games"
~Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl
Author Corinna Turner had the idea for I Am Margaret in a dream while on retreat at a Dominican priory.
“Oh, my heart! I think this second book was even better than the first! An amazing blend of dystopian suspense and faith. Highly recommend!”
~The Book Dragon
The Three Most Wanted by Corinna Turner
Book two in the I Am Margaret Series
2,000 KILOMETRES – 3 NEW ADULTS – A BLOC-WIDE MANHUNT... SAFE? NOT EVEN COMPARATIVELY.
Having outwitted the EuroGov by rescuing an entire facility of teens destined for recycling, Margo is on the run. Together with Jon and Bane, she’s posing as a summer backpacker. Their only hope is to keep ahead of the government trackers and somehow cross the continent to the last free state in Europe: The Vatican. But just how long will that state remain free if the Three Most Wanted Fugitives in Europe find refuge there?
For mature teens and adults. Contains violence and language integral to the story. See the content guide.
Author Corinna Turner ate stinging nettles as part of her research for this book.
Liberation by Corinna Turner
Book three in the I Am Margaret Series
THE EUROBLOC GENETICS FACILITY WHERE MARGO WAS IMPRISONED STANDS EMPTY. EVERY OTHER FACILITY IS FULL. TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
In the Vatican’s hidden place of exile, Margo and her fiance, Bane, hatch a daring plan: use Vatican strike teams to liberate teenagers destined for human ‘recycling’—to start a public outcry against Sorting. But if they succeed, the EuroGov’s vengeance will be swift and merciless. If a revolution happens, will it be too late for Margo—and Bane? For mature teens and adults. Contains violence and language integral to the story. Check out the content guide.
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal Award 2016 and winner of 3rd place for "Teen and Young Adult Fiction" in the Catholic Press Association 2016 Book Awards.
“Much better than The Hunger Games. … It's fast paced and enjoyable to read with food for thought about the future.”
When visiting Malta and Gozo before writing this book, Corinna Turner checked out different walled cities as possible settings.
DID YOU KNOW?
Corinna Turner featured her I Am Margaret Series on the third Faith Through Fiction episode about sacrifice. Check it out here.
Bane's Eyes by Corinna Turner
Book four in the I Am Margaret Series
A HUSBAND IN DESPAIR... AN ENEMY IN NEED... A LIFE AND DEATH VOTE...
In 3 months, the citizens of the EuroGov will decide whether or not to abolish Sorting, the grim annual harvesting of “imperfect” teenagers for their organs. If they vote the wrong way, then Margo and everyone she cares about will die.
While her beloved Bane struggles to cope with the loss of his eyes, the lives of millions of young people and Believers are at stake as Margo embarks on increasingly risky media missions out of the Vatican. Every step she takes is steeped with political consequences. But threats soon loom from the most unexpected quarters, compromising even the security of the Vatican State, and with the vote hanging in the balance, the media battle threatens to turn into real war. Bane is desperate to join Margo in the fight, but how can he without his eyes? For mature teens and adults. Contains violence and language integral to the story. Check out the content guide.
“I laughed. And I cried. And I sat a long time, just thinking . . . What does it mean to forgive?”
Compare the map in Bane’s Eyes with a current map and you’ll see that Margo’s more densely-populated Vatican is more built-up.
Margo's Diary by Corinna Turner
A Companion Volume to the I Am Margaret Series
So what happened after the Vote? Well, I kept forgetting to write in my diary, but I did record the important stuff!
•Lunch with a former Facility guard (interesting!).
•Meeting Lucas’s sister - that was INTENSE!
•Bane’s parents visit - that was OUT of the BLUE!
And lots of political developments! Plus Vatican State births, marriages and deaths. Mostly HAPPY things! After 6 years, I just filled it up with fun stuff!
“Catholics, buy this book!"
There is a small link-up between Margo’s Diary and the two ‘The Unexpected Benefits of…’ prequel short stories. Did you spot it?
The Siege of Reginald Hill by Corinna Turner
A spinoff from the I Am Margaret series
SAFETY IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF DANGER, BUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
Fr Kyle Verrall is living a quiet life as a parish priest in Africa when he’s snatched from his church one night by armed assailants. He’s in big trouble—his sister’s worst enemy is hell-bent on taking revenge on the famous Margaret Verrall by killing her brother, just as slowly and horribly as he can.
What could possibly save him? The humble young priest is defenceless—or so Reginald Hill believes. But Kyle has a powerful weapon Hill knows nothing about. And he’s not afraid to use it.
Is Reginald Hill really the hunter? Or is he the hunted?
“I found myself every few pages begging God to fill me with His love. That's how deeply this story touched me and makes me want to become a saint!”
~Pax et Bonum
Author Corinna Turner stayed up until 4am to complete this book because she couldn’t bear to go on holiday with it unfinished.
Brothers by Corinna Turner
An I AM MARGARET prequel novella
Don't get caught.
Joe Whitelow is thirteen. 'K' is eighteen. Joe is small for his age. K is tall and strong. Joe is almost blond. K’s hair is dark. He’s a Believer. Joe’s a bit vague about what that even means. But they do have one thing in common.
They both need to get out of the EuroBloc. Or die.
“A short story but more powerful than most novels. This small novella is incredible - touching, moving, heart-breaking, and action-packed.”
Brothers was supposed to be a short story for inclusion in the Secrets anthology, but it was far too long!
The Underappreciated Virtues of Rusty Old Bicycles by Corinna Turner
An I AM MARGARET short story
In a dystopian future, an innocent picnic turns deadly.
Margo and Bane have the perfect Saturday planned out - a bike ride, a train ride, a nice picnic...
But when they're mistaken for terrorists, the army are after them with lethal force.
Can two teenagers evade a massive manhunt?
Their lives, and those of their families, depend on it.
This I AM MARGARET prequel short story was first published in the anthology SECRETS: VISIBLE & INVISIBLE by Catholic Teen Books in 2018.