Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner

Inventing Elliot

Written by Graham Gardner
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Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner

After being bullied mercilessly, Elliot is determined to reinvent himself when he moves house with Mum and Dad and goes to a new school. He is going to be so cool that no one will touch him. He's going to stand out just enough not to get noticed.But he is too successful, and he does get noticed by the Guardians. They are a mysterious group of three who manipulate others and run the school with a reign of terror. They invite Elliot to become one of them. He faces an agonising decision, whether to use this new found power or risk standing up for himself and facing the consequences.


Intensely written and utterly gripping * The Tablet * A stunning debut novel ... deeply satisfying and absorbing * Children's Books, Ireland Magazine * Best first novel of the year, without a doubt * The Scotsman * A highly intelligent book * Ireland on Sunday * Elliot's dilemma makes riveting reading * The Children's Bookseller * Marks the arrival of an important new talent ... the journey the story takes always surprises and sometimes shocks with its intensity * The Bookseller * A powerful first novel full of psychological realism * The Bookseller * Astonishingly good * Bristol Evening Post * A compulsively readable story * Time Out * Taut and compelling * Financial Times * Taut with menace from the very first page * The Daily Telegraph * An extraordinary novel ... powerful and intense * Birmingham Post * Chilling, powerfully written and occasionally disturbing * Irish Times * Powerfully written ... don't expect to be able to put Inventing Elliot down * Time Out *

About the Author

Graham Gardner is the second of ten children. He has worked as a bookseller, waiter, civil servant and is now an academic researcher in the Institute of Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, specialising in monitoring and analysing long term trends in the UK countryside. He is also a keen musician, playing rock and classical piano.

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192 pages


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

1st January 2004



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