Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

Black Rabbit Summer

Written by Kevin Brooks

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009. Pete and his childhood friends meet up one last time, for ‘old time’s sake’. But old times are full of secrets, tensions, bitterness and unhappiness. And everyone sees it a bit differently. And not only because of the drugs. A hard hitting and realistic story about the chaos of adolescence.

What the Carnegie judges said:

'The reader can really feel the sticky heat as Brooks builds up the sense of an interminable and stifling summer. He employs the devices of a detective novel to give us a powerful and tense read, whilst brilliantly conveying the inner tensions of his characters’ relationships. A book that really gets inside the minds of teenagers.'

September 2009 Guest Editor Joanna Nadin on Black Rabbit Summer by KEVIN BROOKS

Kevin Brooks paints the bleak colours of rundown small town England with the same clarity and honesty that Jenny Valentine renders the inner-city. Set in the stifling heat of July, fuelled by drink and drugs, Black Rabbit Summer weaves together murder and magic, first love and the last days of youth. It is an astonishing and truly frightening book. And one I wish I had written.


Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

Pete Boland was busy doing nothing that summer. Then she called. ' Listen Pete ... you know that funfair... I thought we could all meet up ...You know, for old times' sake'. But, where there are old times, there are old tensions. And as secrets, bitterness and jealousies resurface, five old friends are plunged into the worst night of their lives.


'Praise for Kevin Brooks: 'He's an original. And he writes one hell of a story'

'Watch this guy, he's good'

'... you want to tell everyone how good it is'



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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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448 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

7th August 2008




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