Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2007.
This is a book that will have you gasping for breath, gripping your chair and biting your teeth all at once and from the very start. The characters are so realistic you feel you can touch them and the narrative is incredibly strong. As bestselling novelist Philip Ardagh says, ‘you can taste the blood in your mouth as you read this’. How right he is. Even the most reluctant reader will be ensnared. (14+)
This is original, fast paced storytelling that offers teenagers an uncompromising, powerful novel. The hero is untraditional, yet compelling; the story dark and violent, yet the violence is never gratuitous; it warns about the dangers of violence but is never didactic. This is superb writing.
Late one night, two brothers learn that their sister has died in the worst way imaginable. She’s found, strangled, in a desolate place hundreds of miles from their East London home.
Ruben is the smarter of the two, with a gift for getting into other people’s hearts; Cole may be older, but he’s a devil’s angel who doesn’t care if he lives or dies. Together, they set out to find their own answers and retrace Rachel’s final journey.
When I finished The Road of the Dead, I felt that I, too, had been on a
journey. It was no walk in the park but I was very glad I’d been. PHILIP ARDAGH, GUARDIAN
'Readers will be pulled in by the strong and believable storyline, and the author’s sharp ear for dialogue.' BOOKSELLER
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
|Publication date:||8th January 2007|
|Publisher:||Chicken House Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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. ...More About Kevin Brooks