Written by Cathy Macphail
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Winner of the Scottish Book Award 2010 (Older Readers category).
Tension mounts and there is no escape in this gripping thriller about gang violence. Leo and his best friend Sean have been brought up knowing how to avoid danger from the violent gangs who run their estate. But, they can’t help being excited by the drama of the turf wars even though they try to keep out of trouble. When Leo witnesses a terrible event he finds his whole life turned upside down as he gets too close to the inside. Knowing he mustn’t grass, Leo tries to cope on his own but the choices he has to make test everything he has ever believed in. A high octane drama that is also thought-provoking.
Grass by Cathy Macphail
It would have been hard to have missed what was written on the wall. Painted in giant whitewashed letters: 'SHARKEY IS A GRASS'. I hadn't a clue who Sharkey was, but I knew one thing.
And you don't grass on them. Not unless you don't value your life - like Sharkey. And then Leo is unlucky enough to witness the murder of one gang leader by another, a man called Armour.
Leo draws a long breath of relief. He has got away with it. But he hasn't - not really.
Leo will live to regret that wink and realise that Armour has an insidious hold on him and his family,which will test his family relationships, and his very sense of what is right and wrong. It will take bravery, luck and sheer daring to extricate himself from Armour's deadly web.
'Cathy MacPhail's novels are tuned to how teenagers talk and behave'
'Macphail handles her gritty material - particularly the machinations of gangland - with skill, her sense of setting is well sustained and she gives us a novel which satisfyingly blends crime and thriller genres'
'Gritty and convincing throughout, Grass conveys with chilling accuracy the power of gang leaders over local communities ... This is a book with real bite and an uplifting ending'
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