Brock by Anthony McGowan
  

Brock

Written by Anthony McGowan

13+ readers   All Shortlists and Winners   Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly   Reluctant Readers   

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Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+

Nicky knows he must do everything in his power to save the innocent and brave badger. But fighting the three local bullies whose cruelty towards it seems to know no bounds is an incredible challenge. With his father drifting into depression and his younger brother needing constant supervision, Nicky has enough on his hands already but he knows the real value of nature and knows he cannot stand by and see such wilful destruction. A powerful story about the importance of protecting wildlife.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 13+

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Read a special Q&A with Anthony McGowan on his novels Pike and Brock.

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Synopsis

Brock by Anthony McGowan

A bleakly poetic tale about one boy’s determination to save a badger cub from the
destructive hands of a local gang.

When Nicky finds Jezbo and his gang digging up a badger set, there’s not a lot he can do to save them. But one badger cub has escaped – can Cal save it? Another stunning and moving novella in the spirit of Kes from award-winning Anthony McGowan.

Anthony McGowan’s stunning Barrington Stoke debut The Fall was shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2012 and won the Coventry Book Award/ Fancy a Quickie Short Novel prize.

Reviews

Brock is both timeless and current, and simple but beautifully written. - Library Mice blog

a very nifty read with some beautiful scene-setting and after the violence some truly heart-warming moments between both the human and non-human characters. Loved loved LOVED it. - Bookauhu's Book Nook blog

Brock is about as lean as you can get, using simple, effective language to keep a great pace while maintaining atmosphere, tension, action, empathy... look, it's just brilliant. - Colin Mulhearn

The author has created a range of characters who are believable - in fact many are probably recognisable from our own lives. The chapters, are relatively short, making it an ideal book for readers who do not have a long attention span or who struggle with reading. However the sparseness and the simplicity of the writing do not detract from what is a good, although at times bleak, story - BOOKS TEENS AND MAGAZINES

Superb book about the beauty of nature and power of love - loved the book, great stuff. - Litforlads blog

This is a book about raw courage with can be both heart-breaking and uplifting - The characters in this book are so genuine, I feel as if I know them - I loved this book and so did my eight year old son. We both read this book in one sitting, unable to put it down once we had started. - The Book Bag blog

Few other writers for the young better understand the pull of the gang and the fear of the bully. It is about why animals are beyond our infantile projections of good and bad... but still deserve human compassion. Don't miss it. - Amanda Craig, The Times

About the Author

Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan has written several young adult novels including Hellbent, Henry Tumour, The Knife That Killed Me, the last of which was adapted into a highly acclaimed flm in 2014. Anthony has also written widely for younger children, including the award-winning Donut Diaries series, and Einstein’s Underpants, which was short-listed for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. His upcoming novel, The Art of Failing, is due to come out later this year. He lives in London.

Q & A video: Anthony answers questions about his book, Willard Price: Leopard Adventure.

Photo credit Jerry Bauer

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
136 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 14 years

Author

Anthony McGowan
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

3rd June 2013

ISBN

9781781122082

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