Reader Reviewed Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange

Dead Ends

Written by Erin Jade Lange

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Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - February 2014 Book of the Month Perfect for readers looking for an authentic teenage voice - moving and funny, this is the true-to-life story of two very different teen boys who realise that by pulling together when it really counts they can achieve; even an epic road trip to solve a collection of riddles.

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Teens love to read and a small number of our reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title.

  • Molly Parker, age 14 - 'The book took you on emotional journey, one minute you’re laughing and the next you are crying. The story was really gripping and made you wanted to know what happens next.' Read full review >
  • Jodi Coffman, age 12 - 'This book is great and unpredictable which I loved.  The ending is not what I anticipated at all - the twists and turns are constant.  I could not put it down!' Read full review >
  • Juliana Christianson, age 14 - 'This story moved me and brought me round to realise the everyday struggles of people who are looked down upon for being 'different'...I read it in one long night because I couldn't put it down, thank you Erin Lange for some much needed reading material.' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock - 'Lange offers a powerful portrait of friendship and loyalty, hope and survival.' Read full review >
  • Maddy Faulkner, age 11 - 'The way that Erin Lange has written this book is sensitive yet thought provoking as it makes you understand the true meaning of friendship. I love this book and can’t wait for more books by this author!' Read full review >
  • Susana Sanchez Gonzalez, age 38 - 'Another great YA book to shout about. Powerful premise, wonderful characters, intelligent questions. What's not to like?' Read full review >
  • Madi Campbell, age 14 - 'an absolutely amazing book, it is a definite read for the teenage section. At points it can pull on your heart strings, but it also brings tears of happiness to your eyes.' Read full review >
  • Liam Pickering, age 11 - 'This was a book that made me think and caused me to question my instincts. I kept changing my mind about the characters and what I thought was going to happen.' Read full review >


Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange

A riddle rarely makes sense the first time you hear it. The connection between Dane and Billy D doesn't make sense any time you hear it. But it's a collection of riddles that brings these two unlikely friends together. Dane Washington lives by two rules: don't hit girls and don't hit special kids. Billy D has Down syndrome and thinks a fierce boy who won't hit him could come in useful. Billy D has a puzzle to solve, after all, and he has the perfect plan to make Dane help him. Billy is sure the riddles in his atlas are really clues left by his missing dad. Together, Billy and Dane must embark on an epic road trip, although most of the clues lead to dead ends. What Dane doesn't realise is that Billy D isn't as innocent as he seems and the biggest secret is hidden close to home...


‘I love it. it reminds me of John Green's A Fault in our Starsand RJ Palacio'sWonder.’ Jo, Victoria Park Books

‘'A disturbing modern morality tale that underlines the gulf between teenage and adult online culture' ’ Financial Times

‘This book, *sigh* it broke my heart, put it back together, ripped it apart again, and put it back together in the best way possible.’ Kayla Marshal,

‘'What an incredible, poignant and affecting debut novel.’ Jake Hope, Children's Librarian and Blue Peter judge

About the Author

Erin Jade Lange

Erin Lange writes facts by day and fiction by night. As a TV producer, she is inspired by real-world issues. She grew up in the cornfields of northern Illinois, along the Mississippi River, but now lives in the sunshine of Arizona.

Her debut novel, Butter, was published to enormous critical acclaim. Dead Ends is her second novel.

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384 pages
Interest Age: from 12


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

6th February 2014




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