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Who is Robert? When he goes in for his operation, Robert is sure he knows exactly who he is. But, things look different when the surgeon opens him up. It leads Robert to set off on a thrilling journey to find out the truth about himself. A funny, spooky, romantic and fast-paced adolescent journey of discovery.

The unravelling romance and gory action scenes will keep boys and girls alike hooked, and both will be asking the question, “what is Robert?” - Oscar 14

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


Being by Kevin Brooks

Sixteen-year-old Robert lies anaesthetized. A routine operation has just gone wrong. As Robert slowly wakes, he can hear, he can feel, but he can't scream. The operation isn't over. But life, as Robert knows it, is. Robert goes on the run, terrified and desperate for answers. But what if the answers are too terrifying to face?


A subtle, spooky, headlong dash through the dark edges of romantic science fiction, a genre Kevin Brooks - with his usual delight in flouting convention - appears to have invented -- Meg Rosoff, author of * How I Live Now * Violently enjoyable * The Times * Original in its premise and captivating in its delivery. A gripping read * Big Issue * Sharp and precise . . . a meditation on the nature of humanity * Sunday Times * An exciting on-the-run thriller . . . you'll be gripped * Flipside *

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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7th February 2008


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Penguin Books Ltd


336 pages


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



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