Bloodline by Kevin Brooks


Written by Kevin Brooks

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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 on TV when the fuggy tedium is shattered: a beautiful girl, with a gun and a bag of stolen cash, bursts in. Fifteen-year-old Finbar tells the story and the focus seems squarely on the action. He may not say much out loud, but he lets the reader know exactly what the other members of his family are like, and it doesn’t take him too long to realise that the girl, despite her looks, is no different. There’s a twist in the tale, and it’s as exciting a piece of misanthropy as you are likely to read. Published by Barrington Stoke, it’s particularly suitable for reluctant and dyslexic teen readers. ~ Andrea Reece

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

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Bloodline by Kevin Brooks

A gritty teen drama. Finbar's fed up. He's back at his dad's house for the usual weekend visit of watching TV and eating chips. Just like every other. The last thing he expects is for a girl to burst into the house. A girl with a gun - and a bag of stolen cash. Who is she? What has she done? And will Finbar's life ever be the same? Gritty, nail-biting thriller from Carnegie medalist Kevin Brooks.

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.

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80 pages


Kevin Brooks
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th May 2015




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