Bang Bang You're Dead by Narinder Dhami

Bang Bang You're Dead

Written by Narinder Dhami

13+ readers   All Shortlists and Winners   
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Prize 2009.

It seems like just another day at school, then Mia's world turns upside down.
School is being evacuated. Rumour has it there's a gunman in the building. And Mia has a horrible feeling she knows who it is... Her brother has been acting strangely. He's been threatening to do something drastic, something frightening, and something that cannot be ignored... but just how far will he go? Mia is determined to find out, but playing cat and mouse with a potential killer is a very dangerous game...


Bang Bang You're Dead by Narinder Dhami

When a mysterious gunman takes a class hostage, the rest of Mia's school is evacuated. But Mia is determined to stay behind. She knows it's a life or death situation but there's something she fears more than dying. Mia thinks she might know who the gunman is, and, if she's right, then she may be the only one who can save her schoolmates...


From the arresting title to the final chapter, Dhami propels the reader into a world of uncertainty and intrigue, as she dares to imagine the unthinkable ... With a final twist in the tale, this psychological thriller sensitively explores issues that surround mental health while delivering a page-turning read Waterstone's Books Quarterly The author builds the tension superbly and the reader feels as if they are inching their way along the school corridor towards classroom 9D and the gunman ... The ending is completely unexpected and rather a shock Inis Dhami produces an electrifying twist that leaves the reader reeling. Brilliant Carousel Easy to read and continually gripping, this is a fine contribution from an already prolific author Books For Keeps Edge-of-the-seat drama with an ingenious twist Writing Magazine

About the Author

Narinder Dhami

Narinder Dhami is one of the four authors of the Rainbow Magic series, written under the name of Daisy Meadows.She now lives in Cambridge with her husband and her cats.

Dhami's father was an Indian immigrant from the Punjab who arrived in the UK in 1954, and her mother is English.[1] She grew up in a multi-cultural environment, with Indian and western cultures both major influences in her life, and was educated at Wolverhampton Girls' High School and Birmingham University, where she took a degree in English in 1980. Dhami started working as a teacher, and for the next nine years she taught in primary and secondary schools in Essex and in the London borough of Waltham Forest. During this time, she began writing stories for teenage magazines, and contributed many photo-stories to the now-defunct Jackie magazine, published by DC Thomson. Eventually, Narinder gave up teaching for a full-time writing career. For the last few years, she has concentrated on contemporary realistic fiction about young girls of Asian origin growing up in modern Britain. Her Babes trilogy is extremely popular with girls between 9 and 14 years of age.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


256 pages
Interest Age: From 12


Narinder Dhami
More books by Narinder Dhami

Author's Website


Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

7th May 2009




We love Lovereading as my 5 year old loves to read new books before anyone else has a chance, she says it makes reading exciting!

Tracey Chorley

It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think to

Lorraine Woods

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new books

Elosie Clarkson – age 11

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their boo

Daisy Pennock – age 15

It’s really exciting to read and review new books, thrilling to see my reviews online and I love finding the final published copies on sale.

Sam Harper – age 10

Lovereading 4 schools