Dumb Chocolate Eyes by Kevin Brooks
  

Dumb Chocolate Eyes

Written by Kevin Brooks
Illustrated by Emma Shoard

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   YA readers   
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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 those things. They rub along together until the day Cassidy announces he’s going to trap rats. What happens then changes their friendship and, in a way he can’t really explain, changes the narrator for ever too. Brooks is a Carnegie Medal winner and this is a very fine piece of writing, short, effective, convincing - an acute observation of a small event that has huge consequences for those involved. ~ Andrea Reece

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

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Read a special Q&A with Kevin Brooks on his book Dumb Chocolate Eyes.

Synopsis

Dumb Chocolate Eyes by Kevin Brooks

A brutally honest and effective story about adolescent boredom and destructive friendships, from Carnegie medalist Kevin Brooks. It was one of those childhood friendships of convenience - two lads in the same village who go to the same school. But then Cassidy gets it into his head that they should set traps for the rats in his garden, and things start to go very, very wrong. A gritty teen drama.

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
72 pages

Author

Kevin Brooks
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Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th May 2015

ISBN

9781781124512

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