corina bomann kraehenmann
July 2014 / 448pp
Children’s & Young Adults’

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Ravenman is a hair-raising thriller which will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. 

On her first day at an exclusive boarding school, sixteen-year-old Clara Hansen finds a dead sparrow in her bed – the signature of a vicious serial killer who has murdered the bed’s previous occupant. The victim is discovered in a nearby forest with the wings of a dead crow sewn to her naked shoulders. A short time later another girl suffers a similarly gruesome fate. 

Clara starts her own investigations into the murders, while trying to make friends at school and standing up to a girl gang headed by the despotic Melanie. She is supported by a handsome older boy with whom she slowly but surely falls in love, and by a mysterious adviser who sends her text messages that cannot be traced. An abundance of false leads and intriguing suspicions maintain the suspense until the novel’s dramatic climax, when Clara finds herself in league with her arch enemy Melanie and eye to eye with the murderer. As the killer’s identity and motivations are revealed, the different pieces of the story fall into place to form a mesmerising whole.

press quotes

‘A dark young adult thriller.’– Cellesche Zeitung

about the author

Corinna Bomann has loved books ever since she learnt to read. After publishing numerous books for young adults and adults, including a couple of bestsellers, this is her first young adult thriller. She was born in Mecklenburg but now lives in Berlin with her family. When she is not writing, she loves to draw, read or take long walks along the sea.

Previous works include:
Die Schmetterlingsinsel (Ullstein, 2012); Die Sturmrose (Ullstein, 2015)

rights information

Coppenrath Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Contact: Rita Davis
Tel: +49 (0) 251 414 11 819
Email: davis@coppenrath.de

Coppenrath Verlag has a long tradition. Founded in 1768, the focus of the publishing programme is children’s books, books as presents, beautifully designed albums and decorative advent calendars.

translation assistance

Applications should be made to the Goethe-Institut.

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