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Publication date3rd March 2011
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Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award.
Waking up as someone he’s never even met is the strangest experience of Flip’s life. Suddenly he’s Philip – or Flip – and nothing and no-one is familiar any more; the house, his ‘mother’, even his own face have all changed and no one can tell him why. Then there’s school, friends – a whole world to be navigated but without any help! How Alex works his way through the extraordinary situation is a gripping and questioning psychological thriller.
Titles shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award:
Flip - Martyn Bedford
The Unforgotten Coat - Frank Cottrell Boyce
Small Change for Stuart - Lissa Evans
Blood Red Road - Moira Young
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SynopsisFlip by Martyn Bedford
Ever wake up in someone else's body? Fourteen-year-old Alex Gray wakes up one morning to discover he's not in his own bedroom. More surprising is that he doesn't recognize his hands, or his legs...When he looks in the mirror he gets the shock of his life! How is it possible that Alex has become another boy - a boy who everyone calls Philip? And how have six whole months passed overnight? This is a riveting psychological thriller by a brilliant new voice in children's books.
ReviewsBedford's taut style and psychological insight make Flip a gripping thriller. (Amanda Craig,
) ...a brilliant, engrossing, thought provoking, psychological thriller that was impossible to put down. The key to the novel's ability to enthral lies in the way in which the author has somehow managed to identify the teenage psyche and capture the voice of one with shocking realism. (www.thebookbag.co.uk)
About The Author
Martyn Bedford began his career as a journalist and is the author of five books for adults, including The Houdini Girl which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Novel Award, Acts of Revision and Black Cat. Flip is his first book for teens. He later became the director of the novel writing programme at the University of Manchester, as well as fiction critic for the Literary Review. Martyn currently teaches the creative writing module at Leeds Trinity University College and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. He lives in likely, West Yorkshire, with his family.
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