Wasted by Lee Weatherly


Written by Lee Weatherly

13+ readers   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   Reluctant Readers   
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Interest age 14+, Reading age 8+. Deeply moving, Wasted is a hard hitting story about survival and self belief. Luke’s life is a mess; his mum is never sober, schools a wash out. The only thing that keeps him going is playing his guitar and his dream of being a rock star. When his mum turns really violent, Luke has to take care of himself. But, life on the streets is too dangerous when you are only a kid. Luke has to take the bravest decision of his life and, when he does so, things begin to look up. Maybe he will fulfil his dream after all?

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Wasted by Lee Weatherly

For Jake, playing his guitar is his only respite from life with his alcoholic mother. When he runs away from home to escape his mother's violence, he ends up in a squat and resorts to busking to earn some cash. But will music help him get home? Gritty urban story.

Award-winning Barrington Stoke have a decade of experience in publishing books for the dyslexic, struggling and reluctant reader and have sold nearly 3 million books worldwide. Tried and tested easy-to-read layouts ensure accessibility for even the most reluctant reader.

About the Author

Lee Weatherly

Lee Weatherly was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now lives in Hampshire with her husband Pete and a large cat called Bernard. Lee writes children's fiction for all different ages, and especially loves stories about magic. Lee won the Sheffield Children's Book Award in 2003 for her novel Child X.

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64 pages
Interest Age: 14+


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Publication date

25th May 2012




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