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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Pete and his childhood friends meet up one last time, for ‘old time’s sake’. But old times are full of secrets, tensions, bitterness and unhappiness. And everyone sees it a bit differently. And not only because of the drugs. A hard hitting and realistic story about the chaos of adolescence.
What the Carnegie judges said:
'The reader can really feel the sticky heat as Brooks builds up the sense of an interminable and stifling summer. He employs the devices of a detective novel to give us a powerful and tense read, whilst brilliantly conveying the inner tensions of his characters’ relationships. A book that really gets inside the minds of teenagers.'
September 2009 Guest Editor Joanna Nadin on Black Rabbit Summer by KEVIN BROOKS
Kevin Brooks paints the bleak colours of rundown small town England with the same clarity and honesty that Jenny Valentine renders the inner-city. Set in the stifling heat of July, fuelled by drink and drugs, Black Rabbit Summer weaves together murder and magic, first love and the last days of youth. It is an astonishing and truly frightening book. And one I wish I had written.
Pete Boland was busy doing nothing that summer. Then she called. ' Listen Pete ... you know that funfair... I thought we could all meet up ...You know, for old times' sake'. But, where there are old times, there are old tensions. And as secrets, bitterness and jealousies resurface, five old friends are plunged into the worst night of their lives.
|Publication date:||7th August 2008|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He has worked in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of many acclaimed award-winning young adult novels, including Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing The Rain, The Road of the Dead, Black Rabbit Summer and iBoy. He now lives in North Yorkshire. The Bunker Diary won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014. Photo credit Nadja MeisterMore About Kevin Brooks