A tense, gripping and beautifully written rites-of-passage story.
A traumatic family life.
A brand new school.
A boy. A knife. A war of nerves.
A dark and tragic turn of events.
A good clean edge.
How will Vincent survive in a world seemingly set against him?
Beginning with a young boy trying to deal with the break up of his parents' marriage, this is Vincent's powerful story. Now a teenager, Vincent lives with his often absent father and his grandparents, in a flat above the family undertaking business. And it is there where he meets Graeme a sinister and manipulative influence on the adolescent boy.
Vincent is being bullied on his way into school and when an older boy, Frankie Lennox, threatens him with a knife, the incident is quickly dealt with by Vincent's family. But when Vincent wins a scholarship to Frankie's school, a war of nerves begins which culminates in a dark and tragic turn of events...
About the Author
Vincent Caldey's creative interests have always involved music, but he has recently branched out into writing. His stories for young adults explore the darker side of adolescence. He cites Raymond Carver and Iain Banks as two of his major influences.
an absolutely marvellous book... young adult readers will really appreciate the stylishness of this novel just as much as they appreciate the social themes and the thriller aspect of the murder story in its latter stages. -- TheBookbag.co.uk 20110701 A fascinating read. -- School Librarian 20120101
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 11 - 12 years old
For Grades: 7 - 10
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 7th July 2011
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1