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Holly Smale

Ele Fountain worked in the publishing industry for sixteen years. During this time she worked with some of this generation’s finest authors, commissioning bestselling and many award-winning novels.

She spent half of the last decade overseas, living in France then Ethiopia, and is now based in Hampshire. It was during her time in Ethiopia that Ele wrote her d├ębut novel, Boy 87, the story of a child refugee.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in their crumbling house from the 1680s.

Her Lost, about a girl who finds herself homeless and living with a group of street children, was published to acclaim by Pushkin Press in 2020. Her third novel, Melt, was published by Pushkin in 2021.


Praise for Boy 87

'Boy 87 is an original and beautifully written page-turner of a novel about love, survival and the strength that can be found in a hopeful human spirit' - Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal Winner

'Exceptional... vivid, convincing and empathetic... it grips us with the need to know how the heart-stopping events will turn out... a tale of our time, imparting understanding and sympathy... powerfully told, without sentimentality'  - Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

'Full of tension, fear, heartbreak and hope, it conveys both the bitterness of having family, home and identity stolen away piecemeal, and a courageous determination to survive' - The Guardian


'An eye opening read... a great read for young readers as it explains the human side of a story that can seem so complex and unknowable. Fiction allows us to travel alongside somebody and empathise in a way that facts and figures printed in a newspaper column will never do' -- Dog Eared Reads (blog)


Praise for Lost
‘The powerful story of two siblings struggling to endure extreme poverty, by the author of the multi-award-winning, BookTrust 'Future Classic', Boy 87’.


“Fountain writes with verisimilitude and verve. Novels are works of imagination, and this book’s compassion overrides any questions about the ‘right to write'” - Observer


“This book will arouse compassion for society’s lost, reminding readers how small the difference may be between them and us” - Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week


‘This is an enchanting story in which the heartstrings are pulled but the morals never laboured’ - The Telegraph


“A powerful and timely story” - The Bookseller


“LOST is a breathless, thrilling adventure, a story to make your heart beat faster. Lola is a wonderful girl, resourceful, brave and loyal, and I desperately wanted her to find her way home” - Elizabeth Laird


“This gripping, poignant and timely novel shines a humane light on the deep inequalities of our world as two children search for family, friendship and the safe, loving heart of home” - Sita Brahmachari


“A gripping tale of a young girl lost in a concrete jungle. It shows how hope, determination and friendship can win through, even in the most challenging environment” - Malcom Duffy


“Ele Fountain’s vivid page-turner conjures the world of street children with empathy and compassion” - Paul Dowswell


‘A powerful and thought-provoking story about two siblings fighting to survive’ - The Week Junior

United by greed and self-interest. But not their own.

A boy lives in a remote, snow-bound village with his elderly grandmother. Their traditional way of life is threatened by the changing snow and ice: it melts faster every year. When the sea-ice collapses while he is out hunting, he only just escapes with his life and is left stranded in the Arctic tundra.

Meanwhile a girl is trying to adapt to another new school. Her father promises his new job at an oil company will mean they never have to move again, but not long after he starts, his behaviour becomes odd and secretive. When their fates take a drastic turn the girl's world collides with the boy's and they find themselves together in a desperate search for survival, and for the truth.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Melt, Pushkin Press, 2021; Lost, Pushkin Press, 2020; Boy 87, Pushkin Press, 2018.