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The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony Mcgowan
  

The Knife That Killed Me

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No holds are barred in this gripping story about knife crime. And there's no way to put it down…Tautly written, it captures how diffident Paul tries to chart his way through rival classroom gangs. Being an outsider is dangerous and Paul becomes a victim when the violence batween the two groups flares up out of control.

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The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony Mcgowan

When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but when Roth hands him a knife, it both empowers him and scares him at the same time.


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Every writer hates to hear the words stunning new talent applied to someone else, but in the case of Anthony McGowan nothing else will do -- Meg Rosoff Combining brief flashes of ironic humour with the unstoppable momentum of unfolding tragedy, this sadly timely book offers a cogent reminder of the far-reaching consequences of knife violence -- Kate Agnew * Guardian * This fast-paced topical novel stands out . . . McGowan does not let us down lightly and ends the book with a twist that will leave even teenage boys gasping * Daily Telegraph * What makes you sit up is that its author, Anthony McGowan is one of the most talented new writers around * The Times * The narrative skilfully captures the casual violence and shifting loyalties of teen life, while constantly throwing off your expectations about what happens next. Anthony McGowan is a major talent -- Robert Muchamore


About the Author

Anthony McGowan was born in Manchester in 1965. Educated at a Catholic comprehensive, he won't say that his character's schooldays are exactly based on his own but he certainly writes from experience. Before turning to writing full-time, Anthony gained a PhD in Philosophy, worked as a nightclub bouncer, an Open University tutor, a journalist and a civil servant. He is married with two children. In 2006 he won the Teenage Booktrust Prize for Henry Tumour, which was also shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award, Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award, Redbridge Teenage Book Award and the Catalyst Award.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd April 2008

Author

Anthony Mcgowan

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Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
School stories (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781862306066

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