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Alexi and his little brother Misha have grown up in the shadow of the nuclear arms race - indeed they make a living from it. Living in a bleak and increasingly destitute town next to the old Aral Sea in Kazahkstan, the boys and their 'crew' are the first to spot the rocket and missile testing out in the nearby desert, and first to scavenge for nuclear debris, from which they can make a good living on the black market. But when Misha starts to suffer seizures of a sinister and familiar kind, the local medical centre tell Alexi that his only hope of saving Misha's life is to take him to the nearest city where he can receive proper treatment. Taking Misha away means the brothers leave behind their family and their liveliehood, and when the boys arrive in Moscow - a city that held so much hope from a distance - they are hit by plummeting temperatures and ruthless beaurocracy. The medics there can't help Misha without the right papers, and the right money, and the brothers are left to live rough behind a deserted sports stadium. Misha's condition worsens, and when packs of wild dogs discover their hideout, he turns to them, rather than Alexi, for comfort and companionship. Slowly shut out of his brother's life, Alexi cannot pentrate Misha's guard of dogs, and has no choice but to watch him die...
|Publication date:||14th July 2005|
|Publisher:||Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
Matthew Whyman writes for numerous teenage magazines, from Sugar to Bliss, and is best known as the Agony Uncle for 19 Magazine. In this capacity he appears regularly on radio and television, and has advised the Chief Medical Officer on the Health of the Young Nation paper. He was also the author of a nationwide body awareness campaign for Radio One FM and the Health Education Authority. As well as his writing for teenagers - gaining stunning reviews and critical acclaim for his 2004 novel, BOY KILLS MAN, Matt has recently run the London Marathon and lives with his wife and three ...More About Matt Whyman