This is a modern, gritty and thrilling morality tale about belonging and about loyalty. It brilliant captures teen life as it really exists in so many places up and down the country. With a spine-tingling intensity it reveals just what life is like for a teen boy when family life doesn’t exist and to get noticed he feels the need to be bad along with the likes of ‘Asbo boy’, Ryan. But at what cost?
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2010
Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves Publications says: "I was drawn to Big and Clever because it did not offer any easy solutions. The main football hooligan is a bright lad, well read and those who follow in his wake are decent teenagers too. We spent a lot of time trying to get the ending right, to give the reader the right to decide what happens next to the two main characters. To give readers something to talk about."
Tom's whole life is straight out of Crap Towns. Mum died and Dad's a waster. Tom and Raks are bottom of the pecking order at their new school, and it just shouldn't be that way. But then they team up with ASBO Boy Ryan and go to a Letchford Town game with him. When it all kicks off outside the ground with the away fans, Tom and Raks are ready and up for it. Straight away, they're hooked. They can't wait for the next game. Suddenly everyone at school notices them. Tom and Raks have an identity. They have power. But at what cost?
Publication date: 01/05/2009
Publisher: Five Leaves Publications
|Publication date:||1st May 2009|
|Publisher:||Five Leaves Publications|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,|
Dan Tunstall Q&A What is Big and Clever all about?The main theme of Big and Clever is how it feels to be left out and isolated, and to have no sense of shared identity with other people, when you desperately want to belong. And it's about the extreme lengths people will go to to fit in, to be accepted, to gain a shared identity and to get the self-esteem that comes with the feeling of belonging. The central characters in Big and Clever, 14 year old lads called Tom and Raks, find themselves getting tangled up ...More About Dan Tunstall