Dead Ends

by Erin Jade Lange

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LoveReading Expert Review of Dead Ends

Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between A-grade student and violent bully Dane Washington and Billy D, a new and younger kid on the block who has Down’s syndrome, turns out to be vital for both of them. Dane is able to show the better side of himself through his care of Billy D. and Billy D has a special job – finding his father – that he needs Dane to help him with. The two boys set off on a road trip in search of one father that leads both to a better understanding of both of their relationships with their fathers – and of taking personal responsibility.

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Dead Ends Synopsis

A riddle rarely makes sense the first time you hear it. The connection between Dane and Billy D doesn't make sense any time you hear it. But it's a collection of riddles that brings these two unlikely friends together. Dane Washington lives by two rules: don't hit girls and don't hit special kids. Billy D has Down syndrome and thinks a fierce boy who won't hit him could come in useful. Billy D has a puzzle to solve, after all, and he has the perfect plan to make Dane help him. Billy is sure the riddles in his atlas are really clues left by his missing dad. Together, Billy and Dane must embark on an epic road trip, although most of the clues lead to dead ends. What Dane doesn't realize is that Billy D isn't as innocent as he seems and the biggest secret is hidden close to home...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780571308293
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Erin Jade Lange
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction
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Dead Ends Reader Reviews

A small number of our reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title.

  • Jodi Coffman - 'This book is great and unpredictable which I loved.  The ending is not what I anticipated at all - the twists and turns are constant.  I could not put it down!' Read full review >
  • Juliana Christianson - 'This story moved me and brought me round to realise the everyday struggles of people who are looked down upon for being 'different'...I read it in one long night because I couldn't put it down, thank you Erin Lange for some much needed reading material.' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock - 'Lange offers a powerful portrait of friendship and loyalty, hope and survival.' Read full review >
  • Maddy Faulkner - 'The way that Erin Lange has written this book is sensitive yet thought provoking as it makes you understand the true meaning of friendship. I love this book and can’t wait for more books by this author!' Read full review >
  • Susana Sanchez Gonzalez - 'Another great YA book to shout about. Powerful premise, wonderful characters, intelligent questions. What's not to like?' Read full review >
  • Madi Campbell - 'an absolutely amazing book, it is a definite read for the teenage section. At points it can pull on your heart strings, but it also brings tears of happiness to your eyes.' Read full review >
  • Liam Pickering - 'This was a book that made me think and caused me to question my instincts. I kept changing my mind about the characters and what I thought was going to happen.' Read full review >

Erin Jade Lange Press Reviews

‘I love it. it reminds me of John Green's A Fault in our Starsand RJ Palacio'sWonder.’ Jo, Victoria Park Books

 

‘'A disturbing modern morality tale that underlines the gulf between teenage and adult online culture'  ’ Financial Times

 

‘This book, *sigh* it broke my heart, put it back together, ripped it apart again, and put it back together in the best way possible.’ Kayla Marshal, Goodreads.com

 

‘'What an incredible, poignant and affecting debut novel.’ Jake Hope, Children's Librarian and Blue Peter judge

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ISBN: 9780571308293
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571308828
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Format: Hardback

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About Erin Jade Lange

Erin Lange writes facts by day and fiction by night. As a TV producer, she is inspired by real-world issues. She grew up in the cornfields of northern Illinois, along the Mississippi River, but now lives in the sunshine of Arizona. Her debut novel, Butter, was published to enormous critical acclaim. Dead Ends is her second novel.

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