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.


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

notes naming the next victim mysteriously appear on the school noticeboard. Elliot attempts to keep a low profile, ignoring the horrors around him, maintaining his new, cool image. But others are watching him, others who want to use him for their own ends. The gang behind the wanton abuse and cruelty, The Guardians, have had their eyes on him for some time, and he is invited to become one of them. His plan to re-invent himself has backfired - now Elliot must join The Guardians or risk his own safety by exposing them. Gardner not only deals with the perennial problem of bullying in a new and compelling way, but also tackles many of the other issues that beset adolescents. Elliot has a complex relationship with his parents - embittered towards his father who has been severely depressed since a mugging left him nearly dead, he also resents his mother's constant tiredness and her apparent lack of interest in his life. Withdrawing deeper into himself, he only feels safe when all his worlds are kept separate - his friendship with Ben, one of the boys who is most brutally treated, his growing feelings for Louise, a girl in his class and his life as a trainee Guardian must never collide. But the strain begins to tell, and as his behaviour drives Ben and Louise further away he realizes he must choose whether to stand up to the Guardians or lose both his new friends and his self-respect. Ages 10+ (Kirkus UK)

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
Interest Age: From 12


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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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