The Devil's Angel by Kevin Brooks
  

The Devil's Angel

Written by Kevin Brooks

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   11+ readers   Reluctant Readers   
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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 any group but not likely to be picked on either. And then Dean arrives. Dean is tough and fearless. Jack is wary but also attracted by Dean’s courage and his ability to make things happen. But, when the Jack agrees to go away with Dean on holiday, he soon finds he is out of his depth. Dean courts danger with tragic results and Jack is left considering a brief but influential episode in his life.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

A Piece of Passion from Mairi Kidd, Managing Director, Barrington Stoke All at Barrington Stoke cheered when Kevin Brooks won the Carnegie Medal back in June. Not only is he one of our favourite writers for children and young adults - a truly fantastic prose stylist – but he is also firmly committed to the same principles we are. Namely more young people, reading more.

Kevin says: ‘I’ve never quite understood why – and this is something I feel really passionate about – our business as a whole seems to focus so much on a relatively small default audience of young readers (which gets even smaller as the target-age group increases), and we forget about the much larger potential audience that’s undoubtedly out there. It’s almost as if there’s a general acceptance that these kids don’t read, so there’s no point in reaching out to them. But I wonder if a big part of the reason they don’t read – or think they don’t like reading – is that we don’t give them a chance because we don’t reach out to them.’

Hear, hear!

We are delighted to add to our list of titles by Kevin with the stunning The Devil's Angel. It's short and although it's not sweet, it packs a power in no way in proportion to its page-count. At its heart is the curious intensity of teen friendships, played out in one particular, lost summer. We think it's brilliant; please do let us know what you think via twitter, Facebook or email.

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Synopsis

The Devil's Angel by Kevin Brooks

An intensely poetic and utterly compelling teen drama about disaffected youth, rebellion and teenage attachment. From 2014 Carnegie Medal winner Kevin Brooks.

When Dean first appears at school, Jack knows right away that there's something different about him. The two form a fast bond and dream of starting a band together, but underneath all the usual teenage posturing of drinking, drugs and rebellion against authority, there's a darker side to Dean that needs more - more wildness, more violence.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

About the Author

Kevin Brooks

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."

In 2015 his novel THE BUNKER DIARY was the controversial winner of the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal. Brooks was previously shortlisted three times for the award with, MARTYN PIG, THE ROAD OF THE DEAD and BLACK RABBIT SUMMER. Kevin lives in North Yorkshire.

Photo credit: Nadja Meister

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Format

Paperback
96 pages

Author

Kevin Brooks
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Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th January 2015

ISBN

9781781124505

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