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Straight Outta Crongton

by Alex Wheatle

Part of the Crongton Series

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Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 |  From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate.

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Straight Outta Crongton Synopsis

THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE 2016 Round these ends, it's hard to hold on to your dreams Life's a constant hustle for Mo. Her mum's boyfriend Lloyd is just another man who likes to beat down women; the South Crong streets are fraught with hazards and nasty G's; and when it comes to matters of the heart . . . she's still hung up on Sam. No wonder she's vexed so much of the time. Thank god her sistrens, Elaine and Naomi, are on her side: if one of them falls then they all fall. But when badness goes down and a life is left hanging in the balance, Mo has to face her hot urge for revenge . . . and she might end up losing more than she wins.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780349002880
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Alex Wheatle
Publisher: ATOM an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Collections: 80+ Must-read Novels by Black Writers - Black Lit Matters,
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction
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Praise for Liccle Bit:

‘A gripping tale of family and friends, love and loyalty’  Malorie Blackman

‘strong messages about love and loyalty’  Telegraph Online

‘sings with warmth in spite of its tough setting’  Sunday Herald

Praise for Crongton Knights:

‘[This] will soon be on school reading lists and examination syllabuses everywhere, as it has classic singing from every page ... A joyous shout of youthful exuberance ... Wheatle's Twain-like command of patois never falters ... Enriching and life-affirming ... A total gem for any age' Independent

‘Elegant, authentic and humane. It hums with the beat of real life and the language sings from the page. This is matue, powerful writing by an author with great talent and great heart.’  David Almond

‘A fast-paced, funny ride’ Metro

'Brilliant, tough, heartbreaking read' Tanya Landman, author of Buffalo Soldier, Carnegie medal winner

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781004036981
Publication date: 15/04/2021
Format: CD-Audio

ISBN: 9780349002880
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Format: Paperback

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About Alex Wheatle

Born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in Brixton, ALEX WHEATLE spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children's home. He returned to Brixton in 1977 where he founded the Crucial Rocker sound system and performed his own songs and lyrics under the name of Yardman Irie. He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981. Following his release from prison he continued to write poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixton Bard. Alex's first novel, BRIXTON ROCK, was published to critical acclaim in 1999. Five more novels, EAST OF ACRE LANE, THE SEVEN SISTERS, ISLAND SONGS, ...

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