Sorry, I should have given the author, who was Siobhan Dowd. Though a talented author, her life was cut short by cancer, and she died in 2007. Ms. Dowd had received several awards, including the Carnegie Medal and nominations, such as the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult. She was born to Irish parents but brought up in London, which is the setting for Solace. The novel was also shortlisted for the Costa Book Award, one of the U,K.’s most prestigious awards.