Written by Simon Mayo
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July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of the EU and a major recession in the UK (that must feel much more prescient now than when the book was being written), jails are filled not just with criminals, but the innocent family members of those who have committed crimes too, Simon Mayo’s first YA novel is a gripping, well-thought out thriller that asks interesting questions about our pre-disposition to apportion blame as a way of avoiding more difficult questions about what’s really gone wrong. The central character Ant, imprisoned with her foster parents and little brother Mattie, is the kind of feisty, impulsive and courageous heroine who lights up the best YA.
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Blame by Simon Mayo
What happens when society wants you banged up in prison for a crime your parents committed? That's the situation in which Ant finds herself - together with her little brother Mattie and their foster-parents, she's locked up in a new kind of family prison. None of the inmates are themselves criminals, but wider society wants them to do time for the unpunished 'heritage' crimes of their parents. Tensions are bubbling inside the London prison network Ant and Mattie call home - and when things finally erupt, they realize they've got one chance to break out. Everyone wants to see them punished for the sins of their mum and dad, but it's time for Ant to show the world that they're not to blame...
This is a new nail-bitingly taught YA suspense thriller, from author of the bestselling ITCH series, Simon Mayo. Written originally as a WW1 short story about his great uncle who was a deserter, Mayo realised his uncle's story was unfinished and Blame is the result. Set in the future, someone in his uncle's family has to take the blame for his uncle's crime. There are elements of patois in the novel with a guide to help the reader.
Action-packed and tightly written ... the tension does not let up, while the underlying theme of blame makes us consider how the older generation can leave a heritage of harm to the young Sunday Times
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Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
7th July 2016
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