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Kevin Brooks - Author

It was the publication of Martyn Pig that changed everything. After being turned down by a number of publishers, Kevin Brooks sent his manuscript to The Chicken House, who jumped on the chance to publish it. They released Martyn Pig in the spring of 2002. In the U.K, the book went on to be short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and win a Branford Boase Award for a first best novel. And in the United States, it was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an ALA Book of the Year, among its many accolades.

One of Brooks' favorite genres is the detective novel, and this shows in his writing, "I think my awareness of plot comes from having read a lot of crime fiction. When Martyn Pig came out, the reviewers were saying things such as 'well plotted' novel. I found that surprising because I didn't have any idea that I could plot or structure a story. I do plan, but I'm not consciously aware that I'm building a plot that creates good suspense; it comes naturally because I've soaked myself in those sorts of plots."

Why did he decide to write for children? "There are not many differences, I don't think, between writing for children and writing for adults," Brooks says, "because children aren't that different from adults. But I would say the story is the main thing, with children. With adults you might use different styles and structures, perhaps indulge in fiddly niceties. Writing for children brings you down to basics."

If you like Kevin Brooks you might also like to read books by Melvin Burgess.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Kevin Brooks

Reader ReviewedFive Hundred Miles
Kevin Brooks
June 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8 In a Nutshell: mysteries – urban jungle - escape With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with a slice of the life of a singular young man....
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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The Snake Trap Travis Delaney Investigates
Kevin Brooks
This is the third adventure for Kevin Brooks' teen private investigator and it starts with an almighty bang. Terrorists lob a grenade into the offices of Delaney & Co leaving one man dead. Then they kidnap Travis. The action continues...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Bloodline
Kevin Brooks
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Edgy fiction, with strong contemporary themes, is the hallmark of Kevin Brooks's writing for teens. In this short novel four generations of the Black family are spending Saturday afternoon in front of the horse racing...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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Dumb Chocolate Eyes
Kevin Brooks - illustrated by Emma Shoard
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Pete Cassidy seems average, ordinary, apart from his eyes which are ‘kind of loose and lazy and chocolate brown'. The narrator of this story isn't really sure why they are friends, it's just one of...
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The Devil's Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2015
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Martyn Pig
Kevin Brooks
Award-winning novelist Kevin Brooks made his mark with this, his debut novel. A black comedy is something of a rarity in children's books but here Kevin Brooks shows how it can be done. Martyn hates his father – and he...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2014
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The Bunker Diary
Kevin Brooks
Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2014. This is a hard-hitting novel which has divided opinion since winning the 2014 Carnegie Medal. Whilst having great literary merit, in Lovereading's view it is unsuitable for younger teenagers. The Bunker Diary is award-winning,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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Naked
Kevin Brooks
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Probably THE author of YA/teen fiction that has more of a cult following than any other. His novels are controversial but utterly gripping and this one is no exception. It's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2011
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Killing God
Kevin Brooks
A thrilling, thought-provoking novel from the critically acclaimed Kevin Brooks. Dawn Bundy is fifteen. She doesn't fit in and she couldn't care less. Dawn has other things on her mind. Her dad disappeared two years ago and it's all God's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/06/2009
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Black Rabbit Summer
Kevin Brooks
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...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2008
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Being
Kevin Brooks
One of our 'Must Reads'. Who is Robert? When he goes in for his operation, Robert is sure he knows exactly who he is. But, things look different when the surgeon opens him up. It leads Robert to set off...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2008
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Being
Kevin Brooks
One of our 'Must Reads'. Who is Robert? When he goes in for his operation, Robert is sure he knows exactly who he is. But, things look different when the surgeon opens him up. It leads Robert to set off...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2007
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The Road Of The Dead
Kevin Brooks
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2007. This is a book that will have you gasping for breath, gripping your chair and biting your teeth all at once and from the very start. The characters are so realistic you...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2007
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Lucas
Kevin Brooks
Bound to capture your imagination right from the start, Lucas is the thriller that follows Caitlin, a 15-year-old girl who falls in love with a mysterious and beautiful boy with tragic consequences. The plot is gripping, thrilling and heartbreaking all...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2006
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Martyn Pig
Kevin Brooks
Award-winning novelist Kevin Brooks made his mark with this, his debut novel. A black comedy is something of a rarity in children's books but here Kevin Brooks shows how it can be done. Martyn hates his father – and he...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2006
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