This content is provided by Lovereading4kids.co.uk
Flip by Martyn Bedford
  

Flip

Martyn Bedford

11+ readers   All Shortlists and Winners   13+ readers   eBooks   eBooks   
Download an extract Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

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

Synopsis

Flip 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.

Reviews

Bedford's taut style and psychological insight make Flip a gripping thriller. -- Amanda Craig * The Times * ...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 * Interview with author. * Keighley News * It's a well-worn cliche that teenagers sometimes feel they're in someone else's body, and Bedford has followed this idea to its logical conclusion in his tale of a lad called Alex, who ends up in

novels under his belt, has executed it with consummate skill in his first book for young adults. * The Oxford Times * The story is fast paced and the reasons for the swap were great, it was done in a different way to any I've seen before but again I'm not going to give any hints so you'll have to read the book to find out more. I'd definitely recommend Flip if you're looking for something a bit different and I'm looking forward to seeing what Martyn Bedford comes up with in the future. * Feeling Fictional * A unique story which will definietly keep it's readers absorbed. * Ink Pellet * This is an absorbing book which makes you think a little differently. * Books For Keeps * Flip is such a brilliant idea, and really well executed...Nothing is glossed over or fudged: by the end I almost believed it could really happen (actually, I did believe it could happen whilst I was reading the book). Every practicality is dealt with - girlfriends, Alex's complete lack of ability in sports at which Flip excels, and there are also moments of excruciating horror

About the Author

Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults and two for young adults.
He has also had numerous short stories published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and broadcast on radio and the Internet.
Martyn is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. He is a senior associate lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University College and has previously taught at Manchester, Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan universities, as well as an academic writing residency at Leeds Trinity as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
His creative-writing teaching also includes school groups and residential courses for the Arvon Foundation and he was a founding consultant and critic-in-residence for the online writing forum YouWriteOn.com.
He was a fiction critic for the Literary Review (2000–2009) and previously reviewed for the New Statesman. Before becoming a writer and teacher, Martyn worked for thirteen years as a journalist in regional newspapers all over the UK.

Martyn was born and grew up in Croydon, south London, but has lived for many years in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, with his wife and two daughters.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Paperback
320 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 14 years

Author

Martyn Bedford
More books by Martyn Bedford

Author's Website

martynbedford.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd March 2011

ISBN

9781406344233

Categories


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

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

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

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

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools
****