This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and Ameliah each tell their story. Both are suffering unhappiness following the death of their mothers. Ryan has to deal with his malicious half-brother; Ameliah is trying to piece together her mother’s life. When Ameliah finds an old tape among her mother’s possessions she begins a connection that will change her life. It is a powerful story and Steve Camden unravels it with a delicacy and subtly that adds much to its impact.
One of our Books of the Year 2014.
Tape is an outstanding debut. Told with crackling prose, shimmering with humour and deeply moving, it will haunt anyone who reads it...Record a voice and it lasts forever...In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother's death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn't even know he exists. In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy's voice on it - a voice she can't quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.
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'Truly gripping... a cleverly structured, movingly characterised and powerful tale.' The Sunday Times
'Steven Camden is a born storyteller. Read TAPE, rewind, then read it again.' Phil Earle
'Time-warping escapism. I loved it!' Jordan, Rizzle Kicks
'Steven is one of my greatest influences, he is a powerhouse in his field, both looked to and admired. This book is just as original, playful as Steven is. Full of heart.' Laura Dockrill
'Warm, funny and honest. [Steven] writes about familiar things and makes them magic. He writes about magic things and makes them familiar.' Kate Tempest, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry
'Sad, poignant, true, funny and bursting full of heart.' Nikesh Shukla, author of Coconut Unlimited
|Publication date:||29th January 2015|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction|
Steven Camden is a leading spoken-word poet, performing as Polarbear. He also writes radio plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories. Tape is his first novel. When you read it, you will find this hard to believe. Everything All At Once is a collection of original poems for teenagers and is his first collection for Macmillan Children's Books.More About Steven Camden