Kiss of Death by Bali Rai
  

Synopsis

Kiss of Death by Bali Rai

I drop my bag of chips and run. I can hear them, shouting after me. Telling me to stop. Four of them - all older than me, all of them angry. Are you wondering who they are, the people chasing me? Easy. They're my girlfriend's brothers ...Joey only wanted a kiss. He'd been seeing Ria - the fittest girl in year ten - for four months, seeing her in secret because her family wouldn't approve. When someone sees them together, Joey knows he's in trouble. Big trouble. Soon, a simple trip to the chippy turns into a life and death chase. And that kiss, that one, little peck, might turn out to be the kiss that kills him...*Help Key Stage 3 students move from Level 3a to Level 4c in reading. *Support comprehension with the age-appropriate graphic-novel-style illustrations. *Encourage shared and guided reading using the ready-made tasks and discussion points on the activity pages at the back of the book. * Suitable for Key Stage 3 students with a reading age of 9 years and 6 months.

Reviews

Students loved the fast pace of the story line, the realistic language, the very shocking narrative, the terrific use of colloquial language and also the great use of phone conversations. The questions at end of chapters really hook the students in to continue reading and the dual narrative is great way of exploring the different perspectives. Both lead characters are very strong: very well drawn and sympathetically written. The students were able to make a very personal response. They were able to talk about different views on traditional upbringings. The ending caused the group to discuss, at the tops of their voices, what they would have done in that situation. Fiona Dyson, SENCO at Southfields Academy, London Overall, the response to the book was very positive: students felt that the book held their attention and that the text had a strong plot. They felt that the text was interesting and that the subject matter was different to other texts and their responses suggested that they had enjoyed the more adult content. One student stated that the text dealt with a 'proper subject'. They also responded well to the tension and suspense. The story offered opportunity for students to read fluently but also language to extend and challenge their vocabulary. The content provides a fantastic opportunity to explore diversity in society and also question stereotypes. I would also be tempted to use this text as an introduction to 'Romeo and Juliet', to introduce the concept of a secret relationships and a family being against a relationship, and to explore the relevance of Shakespeare. Kerry Smith, English teacher at St Mary's College, Hull This is a good story with a bit of edge and a very interesting dilemma. The students liked the aggressive, confrontational dialogue in places. Very good illustrations: moody and street. The best book in the series. Paul Blum, SENCO at Parkview Academy, Haringey, London

About the Author

Bali Rai

I was born in Leicester in 1971 and have lived there for most of my life apart from the five years I spent in London, doing a bit of uni work and a whole lot of other stuff. I eventually graduated in Politics ( I think my professor took pity on me ) from Southbank University in 1994. Upon leaving uni I decided that I had to get a job and join the real world. This led to a period in which I did some really boring jobs, like selling random things over the phone, managing the stacking of shelves and letting people into a cinema (all roles which obviously required a deep knowledge of Marxist philosophy ).

I came back to Leicester in 1995 with no money and a distant dream about becoming the next Sue Townsend and eventually found myself managing a bar and then a nightclub. Now I'm not saying that it was particularly hard work - it was fun - but at the same time I started to write the story that would become (un)arranged marriage, my first novel for teenagers.

My own influences are wide-ranging. My favourite writers are Roald Dahl, Sue Townsend and crime writers such as James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and Walter Mosely. I'm an avid fan of Reggae Music and artists such as Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Dennis Brown, amongst others, not only have me singing along (badly) but inform much of the way that I look at the World and things in it.

Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
48 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Bali Rai
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Author's Website

www.balirai.co.uk/

Publisher


www.collins.co.uk

Publication date

20th February 2014

ISBN

9780007464876


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