The Chain by Keith Gray

The Chain

Written by Keith Gray

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Four sharply observed and cleverly linked short stories written in an easy to read style capture the complexities of life for Cal, Joe, Ben and Kate. Cal wants to stop being a good guy with top of the class grades. Joining Tully’s gang looks like but a way out but luckily Cal soon realises what a dead end it will be. Joe wants to show that he can be a winner unlike his looser Dad but are the risks really worth it? Ben thinks he can manage having two girls friends but ends up showing that he only thinks of himself and Kate has to face up to saying goodbye to her Dad who is dying. Real life action told with great understanding.


The Chain by Keith Gray

Four stories. Four people. Four lives. Cal - how far will he go to be part of Tully's gang? Joe - can he blag, cheat, and bluff his way to win the most important game of poker of his life? Ben - is this two timers luck about to run out? Kate - how will she cope with her father's illness? All brought together and changed forever by one book...An astonishingly original work, which stays with the reader long after they've turned the last page.

About the Author

Keith Gray

31-year-old Keith was born and brought up in Grimsby and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. When he received 0% for his accountancy exams he decided to pursue his dream. He has since gone on to win the Angus Book Award and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize. He has twice been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teen Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Rave reviews about his writing have appeared in every broadsheet. Keith was a judge for the Blue Peter Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Kathleen Fiedler Award. He has just been asked to judge next year's Booktrust Teen Prize. He was recently interviewed on Radio 4 with Jacqueline Wilson about writing for teens, was featured on Live and Kicking, and his novel The Warehouse has been optioned for television. Keith is now a full-time writer living in Edinburgh.

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80 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 13 years


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Publication date

22nd January 2006




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