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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...

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Other books by Kevin Brooks

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...

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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...

Bloodline

Bloodline

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2012

New edition of a tense teen thriller from bestselling author Kevin Brooks. Finbar's day gets considerably more exciting when a crazy girl bursts into his house, with a gun and a bag full of cash. Who is she? And what has she done? Tense teen thriller. Particulalry suitable for reluctant,struggling and dyslexic teen readers.

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 / softback 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.

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