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Black Rabbit Summer

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Pete and his childhood friends meet up one last time, for ‘old time’s sake’. But old times are full of secrets, tensions, bitterness and unhappiness. And everyone sees it a bit differently. And not only because of the drugs. A hard hitting and realistic story about the chaos of adolescence.

What the Carnegie judges said:

'The reader can really feel the sticky heat as Brooks builds up the sense of an interminable and stifling summer. He employs the devices of a detective novel to give us a powerful and tense read, whilst brilliantly conveying the inner tensions of his characters’ relationships. A book that really gets inside the minds of teenagers.'

If you like Kevin Brooks you might also like to read books by Veronica Roth, William Golding and Patrick Ness.

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Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

Pete Boland was busy doing nothing that summer. Then she called. 'Listen, Pete ...you know that funfair, up at the recreation ground ...I thought we could all meet up ...You know, for old times' sake.' And as secrets, bitterness and jealousies resurface, five old friends are plunged into the worst night of their lives.

Reviews

Praise for Kevin Brooks:'Complex and involving, this is his [Brooks's] best book since the wonderful Lucas, and it deserves every success' - Bookseller (on Black Rabbit Summer)'He's an original. And he writes one hell of a story' - Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now (on Being)'Watch this guy, he's good' - Melvin Burgess, author of Junk (on Martyn Pig)'. . . you want to tell everyone how good it is' - Sunday Times (on Lucas) Praise for Kevin Brooks:'Complex and involving, this is his [Brooks's] best book since the wonderful Lucas, and it deserves every success' - Bookseller (on Black Rabbit Summer)'He's an original. And he writes one hell of a story' - Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now (on Being)'Watch this guy, he's good' - Melvin Burgess, author of Junk (on Martyn Pig)'. . . you want to tell everyone how good it is' - Sunday Times (on Lucas)


About the Author

Kevin Brooks

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.

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Publication date

7th August 2008

Author

Kevin Brooks

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www.kevinbrooks.ca
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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

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

ISBN

9780141319117

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