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Kevin Brooks - Author

About the Author

Kevin Brooks counts among his many jobs being a crematorium assistant, a refreshments vendor at the London Zoo, and a civil servant. But he always wanted to be a writer.

It was the publication of Martyn Pig that changed everything. After being turned down by a number of publishers, Kevin Brooks sent his manuscript to The Chicken House, who jumped on the chance to publish it. They released Martyn Pig in the spring of 2002. In the U.K, the book went on to be short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and win a Branford Boase Award for a first best novel. And in the United States, it was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an ALA Book of the Year, among its many accolades.

One of Brooks' favorite genres is the detective novel, and this shows in his writing, "I think my awareness of plot comes from having read a lot of crime fiction. When Martyn Pig came out, the reviewers were saying things such as 'well plotted' novel. I found that surprising because I didn't have any idea that I could plot or structure a story. I do plan, but I'm not consciously aware that I'm building a plot that creates good suspense; it comes naturally because I've soaked myself in those sorts of plots."


Why did he decide to write for children? "There are not many differences, I don't think, between writing for children and writing for adults," Brooks says, "because children aren't that different from adults. But I would say the story is the main thing, with children. With adults you might use different styles and structures, perhaps indulge in fiddly niceties. Writing for children brings you down to basics."


Critics have compared his second novel, Lucas, to classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Ox-Bow Incident. Told through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Caitlin, Lucas captures the pain and grace of an adolescent girl faced with a moral dilemma – with only her heart to guide her. "An ambitious and intricately crafted tale of love and resurrection," says Publishers Weekly in a starred review. Lucas was long listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize, was a Book Sense 76 pick and was also chosen for Barnes & Noble Teen Discovery Program.


Kevin Brooks is married and lives in Manningtree, Essex, England.

Featured books by Kevin Brooks

The Bunker Diary

The Bunker Diary

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Room meets Lord of the Flies . It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor. There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out. What's he going to do to me? What am I going to do? If I'm right, the lift will come down in five minutes. It did. Only this time it wasn't empty...

Other books by Kevin Brooks

Dogchild

Dogchild

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

THE BREATHTAKING NEW NOVEL FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KEVIN BROOKSJeet was raised by a pack of wild dogs. Recaptured and 'rehumanised', Jeet now lives with the last of his people in an ancient walled town in the vast expanse of the Deathlands, besieged by a much larger enemy clan. They are preparing for the final battle and it's Jeet's task to record the events. But Jeet is struggling to come to terms with his half-human, half-dog identity. Can the impending conflict, and his relationship with another rehumanised dogchild, shed any light on what it takes to be a survivor?Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of many acclaimed award-winning young adult novels, including Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing The Rain, The Road of the Dead, Black Rabbit Summer and iBoy. He now lives in North Yorkshire. The Bunker Diary won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014.

Miedo

Miedo

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: eBook Release Date: 06/07/2018

A Elliot le aterra casi todo. Desde el momento en que nacio, su vida ha estado ligada a un miedo inexplicable hacia la mayoria de las cosas. Ahora, lo unico que mantiene sus terrores a raya son las pastillas amarillas que toma diariamente; sin embargo, justo en Nochebuena, Elliot se queda sin medicina, entonces su madre tiene que salir a la farmacia para surtir otra receta. Parece que nada puede salir mal, sin embargo, despues de un largo rato, ella no regresa. Elliot sospecha que algo sucedio, pero, tendra el valor para enfrentar sus miedos y salir a buscarla?

Dogchild

Dogchild

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2017

THE BREATHTAKING NEW NOVEL FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KEVIN BROOKS Jeet was raised by a pack of wild dogs. Recaptured and `rehumanised', Jeet now lives with the last of his people in an ancient walled town in the vast expanse of the Deathlands, besieged by a much larger enemy clan. They are preparing for the final battle and it's Jeet's task to record the events. But Jeet is struggling to come to terms with his half-human, half-dog identity. Can the impending conflict, and his relationship with another rehumanised dogchild, shed any light on what it takes to be a survivor? Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of many acclaimed award-winning young adult novels, including Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing The Rain, The Road of the Dead, Black Rabbit Summer and iBoy. He now lives in North Yorkshire. The Bunker Diary won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014.

Born Scared

Born Scared

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

The much anticipated follow-up title from the multi-award winning author of The Bunker Diary, recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for young adults. Elliot is terrified of almost everything. From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day. It's Christmas Eve, there's a snowstorm and Elliot's medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She'll only be 10 minutes - but shen she doesn't come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles... Born Scared joins the ranks of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of A Funny Story, and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why as an example of teen fiction offering a frank and intelligent portrait of mental illness. Kevin Brooks was born in 1959. His first novel, Martyn Pig, was shortlisted for a 2002 Carnegie Medal and won the 2003 Branford Boase Award. His second novel, Lucas, won the 2004 North East Book Award. In 2014 his novel The Bunker Diary was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Kevin lives in North Yorkshire.

Johnny Delgado

Johnny Delgado

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Life on Johnny's estate is hard. When he decides to become a detective, he thinks he's got it all figured out - there's sure to be loads of cases just begging to be investigated. But things start to spin out of control when he gets tangled up with the local gangs, and even more when he discovers the name of someone who might have killed his father. Johnny is on a quest for the truth, but can he discover it before the gangs of the estate take over? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Five Hundred Miles

Five Hundred Miles

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

For brothers Cole and Ruben it's another rainy morning in the badlands of East London, selling dodgy paperwork for even dodgier motors. But arriving in a grimy pub on their latest errand, the brothers stumble across a trio of gangsters, a beautiful young girl and a monkey in a cage - and their entire day is knocked off course. They soon find themselves fleeing in a hot-wired car, girl and chattering monkey in tow, surrounded by police. Their final destination: Oban, five hundred miles north, where they hope to find sanctuary. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Snake Trap

The Snake Trap

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Following a death-defying escape from the hands of a criminal overlord, young PI Travis Delaney thinks he might finally be getting closer to finding out who killed his parents, and why. But things are about to get a whole lot more deadly . . . One moment Travis is trapped in an armed face-off in the offices of Delaney & Co, private investigators. The next terrorists have stormed the building and he's been abducted. Kept captive alongside Winston, the rogue security officer who Travis believes is responsible for his parents' death, Travis is quickly plagued by more questions than answers. As the truth begins to emerge, Travis is faced with the ultimate dilemma: how do you choose between saving your own life or saving the life of someone you love?

Dumb Chocolate Eyes

Dumb Chocolate Eyes

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

A brutally honest and effective story about adolescent boredom and destructive friendships, from Carnegie medalist Kevin Brooks. It was one of those childhood friendships of convenience - two lads in the same village who go to the same school. But then Cassidy gets it into his head that they should set traps for the rats in his garden, and things start to go very, very wrong. A gritty teen drama. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

I See You Baby

I See You Baby

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

Teen drama about mistaken identity with a touch of romance. Sally Mack is fed up - with her job, with her boss, with her life. Keith Scully's feeling pretty low too - his friends have stood him up and now he's on his way to the rock festival of the year alone. Sally and Keith both wish they could be someone, anyone, else. Well, today's their lucky day...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Bloodline

Bloodline

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2015

A gritty teen drama. Finbar's fed up. He's back at his dad's house for the usual weekend visit of watching TV and eating chips. Just like every other. The last thing he expects is for a girl to burst into the house. A girl with a gun - and a bag of stolen cash. Who is she? What has she done? And will Finbar's life ever be the same? Gritty, nail-biting thriller from Carnegie medalist Kevin Brooks. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Devil's Angel

The Devil's Angel

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2015

A darkly humorous and brilliantly observed teen drama about the intensity of teenage friendships and disaffected youth. When Dean first appears at school, Jack knows right away that there's something different about him. The two form a fast bond and dream of starting a band together, but underneath all the usual teenage posturing of drinking, drugs and rebellion against authority, there's a darker side to Dean that needs more - more wildness, more violence. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Danger Game

The Danger Game

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Fourteen-year-old Travis Delaney is trying to get his life back on track following the crash that killed his parents last summer. The police called it an accident, but Travis knows better. His parents were on to something, and whatever they were investigating . . . ended with their murder. Since Travis's Grandad took over Delaney and Co, things have finally started to look up. But when his private investigation partner, Courtney, is attacked following a routine inquiry into a local business, Travis can't help but get involved, even though he's supposed to be focusing on his own investigation into thefts at school. But what he discovers draws him into more danger than he ever could have imagined. Tangled up in a web of gang warfare, dirty police and secret organisations, Travis needs to find a way out. But at the heart of it all is a traitor. Someone close to Travis. Someone he's supposed to trust. But trust is a dangerous thing.

Lucas

Lucas

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

'I saw his pale blue eyes, his fleeting presence . and then the air started moving again.' Caitlin's life changes when she sees Lucas through a shimmering haze of heat. He's the most beautiful boy and her world comes alive. But to others, Lucas is a stranger to the island. An outsider. Someone to hate. In the end, Caitlin must make a choice. And it must be what's right. It gets to you . you want to tell everyone how good it is. SUNDAY TIMES A moving and unusual love story . GUARDIAN SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FICTION AWARD

Candy

Candy

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

'It's hard to imagine life before Candy .' Joe is hooked the moment he sees her. Something catches his eye: her hair, her smile or just the way she's standing. When they chat, there's an instant connection, but can what he's feeling be this sweet? When the bitter truth about Candy's world comes out, Joe must decide if love is worth fighting for. Get this book. IRISH TIMES A story as sharp as the title is sweet. GUARDIAN Passion and a nail-biting adventure. SUNDAY TIMES

The Ultimate Truth Travis Delaney Investigates

The Ultimate Truth Travis Delaney Investigates

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

When Travis Delaney's parents die in a car crash, Travis is devastated. In a bid to pull himself out of his grief, he starts to look into the last case they were investigating at the private investigation agency they ran. What starts as a minor distraction soon becomes a sinister, unbelievable mystery - and Travis is determined to solve it. Why were his parents looking for a missing boy when the boy's family says he isn't missing? Where is the boy himself? And why would a man who is in surveillance photos taken by Travis's parents turn up at their funeral? As Travis searches for answers, he starts to have the chilling realization that the question he should be asking is the one he most wants to avoid: Was the accident that killed his parents really what it seemed? An intriguing, exciting adventure from a master of suspense.

Glider Infantryman Behind Enemy Lines in World War II

Glider Infantryman Behind Enemy Lines in World War II

Author: Kevin Brooks, Donald J. Rich Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2013

A member of the famed Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Donald J. Rich went ashore on D-Day at Utah Beach, was wounded in the bloody conflict at Carentan, landed in a flimsy plywood-and-canvas glider on the battlefields of Holland, and survived the grim siege with the Battling Bastards of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Glider Infantryman is his eyewitness account of how he, along with thousands of other young men from farms, small towns, and cities across the United States, came together to answer the call of their nation. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the many thousands who gave their lives in this struggle. Coauthored by Kevin Brooks, the son of Rich's best friend and World War II comrade, Glider Infantryman covers a span of nearly three years; his return home, five months after the war's end, as a toughened bazooka gunner and veteran of five campaigns. Rich's first-person narrative includes vivid coverage of the action, featuring an especially rare account of arriving on a combat landing zone by glider. Detailed, day-to-day depiction of some of the heaviest fighting in Holland follows, including the action at Opheusden, the centre of the infamous Island. Later highlights include the Battle of the Bulge, where Rich recounts his experiences in some of the hottest defensive fighting of the European Theatre, including the epic tank battles at Marvie, Champs, and Foy.

Wrapped in White

Wrapped in White

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2013

PI John Craine - still struggling to cope with the weight of his past - is forced to finally confront it in his most personal and frightening case yet. PI John Craine is hired to investigate the brutal murder of a Somali youth called Jamaal Tan. The police are treating the murder as just another gang-related crime, but Tan's aunt believes there's more to it than that, and she claims the police are trying to cover up her nephew's death. While investigating the case, Craine learns of the sudden death of his friend and mentor Leon Mercer. At first it appears to be a tragic accident, but Craine soon finds himself entangled in two deeply suspicious investigations. And before long he comes face to face with a man he hoped never to see again.

The Bunker Diary

The Bunker Diary

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Room meets Lord of the Flies . It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor. There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out. What's he going to do to me? What am I going to do? If I'm right, the lift will come down in five minutes. It did. Only this time it wasn't empty...

El camino de los muertos

El camino de los muertos

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2012

Cole y Ruben buscan vengar la muerte de su hermana Rachel, que fue violada y asesinada cuando visitaba a una amiga en un pueblo cercano. Mientras investigan la identidad del asesino, Ruben, a traves de su habilidad para percibir lo que los otros sienten, descubrira un secreto que atrapara a los hermanos en un mundo lleno de sombrios personajes, en el que los intereses y las intrigas los obligaran a defender ahora su propia vida.

Until the Darkness Comes

Until the Darkness Comes

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2012

PI John Craine has come to Hale Island to get away from it all - the memories and the guilt, and a past that just won't let go. But within hours he stumbles across the dead body of a young girl on the beach. When the police arrive the body has inexplicably disappeared. Or - in his already tormented state - did Craine imagine it in the first place? Determined to get at the truth, Craine starts asking questions. But it seems no one on the island is talking. And all too soon he finds himself tangled up in a deadly network of fear and violence. Someone has a dark secret to keep, and Craine is getting in the way...

Like Father, Like Son: Johnny Delgado

Like Father, Like Son: Johnny Delgado

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Johnny Delgado returns in the new edition second instalment from Kevin Brooks about the teenage detective. When Johnny got wrapped up in gang business by accident, he had no idea he'd be given the name of someone who might have killed his father. Now, Johnny is on a quest for the truth, but can he and his mum discover it before the gangs of the estate run wild and take over? New edition of this teriffic crime novel from a much loved award-winning author. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic teens.

Private Detective Johnny Delgado

Private Detective Johnny Delgado

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2012

The new edition of Kevin Brooks' first introduction to Johnny Delgado, the teenage private detective. Johnny wants to be a detective, and he's got it all figured out. So what is he to do when two of the most beautiful girls in the world give him a job to investigate? Investigate it of course. But quickly things spin out of Johnny's control, and he gets tangled up with the local gangs. Can he work out how he's ended up in this mess? New edition of this terrific crime novel from a much loved award-winning author. With a reading age of 8+, this is particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic teen readers.

Candy

Candy

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2011

Al caminar por las calles de Londres, el joven musico Joe Beck conoce a Candy, prostituta unos anos mayor que el y adicta a la heroina. Enamorado de ella, dejara su mundo comodo y tranquilo para ayudarla, aunque eso implique arriesgar su vida para que ella escape de Iggy, el hombre que la vende. Segunda novela publicada por el Fondo de Kevin Brooks, Candy es una novela para el publico juvenil que ha sido descrita por el diario ingles The Guardian como una historia cuya agudeza contrasta con lo dulce de su titulo, sin respuestas faciles y con algo oscuro al acecho.

Lucas

Lucas

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2011

En Hale, una pequena isla de apenas cuatro kilometros de largo y dos de ancho, ocurre una historia de amor inusual pero conmovedora. Caitlin, una adolescente de 15 anos, hija de un escritor viudo y alcoholico, descubre que su apacible vida ha dado un vuelco tras conocer a Lucas, un enigmatico joven extranjero que parece venir de ninguna parte. Conforme crecen los sentimientos de Caitlin por Lucas, aumentan tambien las sospechas sobre el, sobre todo cuando un anciano tropieza a la orilla de la playa con el cuerpo de una chica acuchillada. Este libro gano el premio de literatura juvenil en Alemania en 2006.

Martyn Pig

Martyn Pig

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2011

Marty Pig tiene, a sus catorce anos, una vida complicada: se burlan de su nombre, tiene un padre alcoholico y esta enamorado de su vecina, que tiene novio. Unos dias antes de Navidad, se encuentra con que el cadaver de su padre yace en la sala y tiene dos opciones: llamar a la policia o esconder el cuerpo y fingir inocencia. Martyn opta por la segunda, sobre todo, porque esta harto de que no lo dejen tranquilo. Logra salir avante de la investigacion policial, pero descubre, a su pesar, que su amor platonico lo traiciono para quedarse con una sorpresiva herencia que le pertenecia por derecho.

A Dance of Ghosts

A Dance of Ghosts

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2011

PI John Craine is struggling to cope with the weight of his past. Sixteen years ago his wife, Stacy, was brutally murdered. Craine found her body in their bed. And since then, to escape the pain and the unanswered questions, he has buried himself in work by day, and whisky by night. But one phone call changes everything. The mother of missing young woman Anna Gerrish calls on his services, and Craine soon finds himself at the centre of a sinister web of corruption and lies that leads back into the murky waters of the past - and to the night that Craine has spent over a decade trying to forget. As he delves deeper and deeper into the case everything gets increasingly, terrifyingly, personal. And it's down to Craine to stop history from repeating itself ...

iBoy

iBoy

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

An electrifying novel from the Carnegie medal-winning Kevin Brooks. Now a Netflix movie starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy. But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it's having an extraordinary effect... Because now Tom has powers. The ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine. And with incredible power comes knowledge - and a choice. Seek revenge on the violent gangs that rule his estate and assaulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet? Tom has control when everything else is out of control. But it's a dangerous price to pay. And the consequences are terrifying. . . 'A compulsive, atmospheric mystery' Sunday Times 'A masterly writer, and this book would put many authors of 'grown up' detective fiction to shame' Mail on Sunday Kevin Brooks is the award-winning author of nine gripping teenage novels, usually with a thrilling detective twist. His novels, Being, Black Rabbit Summer, Killing God (published as Dawn in the USA) and Naked are also available from Penguin. Kevin's brand new novel, The Bunker Diary, will be published in 2013. If you enjoyed iBoy and want to get inside more of your favourite books, then check out spinebreakers.co.uk for exclusive author interviews, competitions, and much more.

Kissing the Rain

Kissing the Rain

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2006

Moo Nelson walks through life alone with his eyes down, avoiding the rain - being pushed and laughed at by others - and wishing things were different. Until the night he sees a car chase - and a murder ... Or does he? What is the truth and who wants to know? It seems a lot of people do - the police, the lawyers, the bullies at school, and one very bad guy indeed. Moo must decide between truth and lies and he must do it soon, before someone else gets hurt ...

Martyn Pig

Martyn Pig

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2004

A rollercoaster of deceit, mystery and betrayal - Martyn Pig loves detective stories, but never meant to end up starring in one himself! What's the hook? An intriguing back-to-front murder mystery story. Tension and comedy ensure that both boy and girl readers are equally hooked. What are the themes? Death, growing up, responsibility, bullying, loyalty and relationships. Teaching points? Ideal for class reading in mixed-ability classes. An excellent springboard into explorations of narrative composition, the conventions of mystery and suspense novels, and introduction to black comedy.

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