Full of insight, this is a deeply moving story about how a child handles a parent with a serious problem. Leo’s life with his father is a mess but there is no way Leo is going to let anyone know that. As much as possible he covers up for his father’s drinking, just as his father tries to cover it up to Leo after losing control so many times. But Leo needs a space to escape; he needs his dreams and hopes so that he can escape from home and can get away from his horrible teacher. David Yelland handles the many strands of Leo’s life deftly making this far more than a story about a problem.
'It had happened again. Dad had shouted and yelled, thrown things and smashed things up. And then he had quietly cleaned everything away'. Leo's dad has changed. Since Mum died, his drinking is worse and now he's a different person, someone Leo doesn't recognize. The truth is that Leo is covering up for him and when things get bad Leo escapes into his own head, pretending everything's OK. Things need to change, but what can Leo do? No one understands, except maybe his friend Flora. Leo wants his old dad back so they can be happy again - because Dad is all he has left...
Publication date: 01/04/2010
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st April 2010|
|Publisher:||Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction,|
David Yelland was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire. He has worked in journalism for many years and was Editor of The Sun from 1998 to 2003. In 2007, he was appointed a Life Patron of the NSPCC. He lives in Surrey with his son, Max.More About David Yelland