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by: Rosie Best


Skulk is a world of wonder and intrigue that presents a conspiracy of mysteries and betrayal. It will keep you guessing and makes everyone a suspect.”
– Ladybug Literature

YA urban fantasy set on the shapeshifter-haunted streets of London.


To some, Meg Banks’ life might look perfect – she lives in a huge house in West London, goes to a prestigious school, and has famous parents. Only Meg knows the truth: her tyrannical mother rules the house and her shallow friends can talk about nothing but boys and drinking. Meg’s only escape is her secret life as a graffiti artist. While out tagging one night, Meg witnesses the dying moments of a fox… a fox that shapeshifts into a man. As he dies, he gives Meg a beautiful and mysterious gemstone. It isn’t long before Meg realises that she’s also inherited his power to shift and finds an incredible new freedom in fox form. She is plunged into the shadowy underworld of London, the territory of the five warring groups of shapeshifters – the Skulk, the Rabble, the Conspiracy, the Horde, and the Cluster. Someone is after her gemstone, however, someone who can twist nature to his will. Meg must discover the secret of the stone and unite the shapeshifters before her dream of freedom turns into a nightmare.

Strange Chemistry


Angry Robot Books

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Rosie Best lives in London and loves all things nerdy. She is an editor at Working Partners Ltd, working on a huge variety of projects from first chapter books about unicorns to dark YA journeys through the land of the dead. She’s also written for Working Partners on a freelance basis, on series published by Usborne and Hot Key Books. The opening of Skulk won a place in the 2012 Undiscovered Voices anthology. When not writing or indulging a passion for video games, she sings with the Crouch End Festival Chorus.

“A fantastic debut.”
Sunday Express

Skulk is another addition to the ranks of the mighty Strange Chemistry titles – and one that I can recommend to all fans of Young Adult books. Certainly worth your time.”
The Founding Fields

“Skulk is a world of wonder and intrigue that presents a conspiracy of mysteries and betrayal. It will keep you guessing and makes everyone a suspect.”
Ladybug Literature

“If you miss the good old YA urban fantasy that used to be, this book has the spirit and the atmosphere while at the same time being original and fresh. Definitely give it a whirl!”
YA Stands

Skulk as a novel is one of the finest pieces of new fiction we have had the pleasure of reading in years. It is inventive yet realistic and the characters on offer seem to have been cut from a mould that makes them feel organic and in tune with people we recognise.”
So, So Gay

“There were plenty of fast paced action scenes and a great underlying mystery surrounding a magical stone that kept he pace moving and stopped my attention from wavering. The writing was snappy and vivid and had me really wrapped up in the setting. I loved the unique feel to Skulk. It didn’t feel like any other book I’d read, and I adored just how British it was.”
Total Teen Fiction

“I loved every minute of Skulk. It never ceases to amaze me when a debut novel is this engrossing. Rosie Best, I hope you have lots more stories tucked away in your brain just clamoring to get out because I can hardly wait to read what you write next!”
Popcorn Reads

“With a diverse set of characters each with a distinct personality of their own, Rosie Best has written one of the most memorable books I have ever read. With an unparalleled imagination coupled with the fact that it didn’t pull any punches, Skulk is a book that I couldn’t put down.”
The Bookish Owl

“Story-wise, I also thought Skulk was fantastic. Something interesting or life-altering seemed to be happening to Meg in every chapter … As such, Skulk is probably one of the best YA novels I’ve read this year.”
The Bibliosanctum