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Kevin Brooks - Author

About the Author

It was the publication of Martyn Pig that changed everything. After being turned down by a number of publishers, Kevin Brooks sent his manuscript to The Chicken House, who jumped on the chance to publish it. They released Martyn Pig in the spring of 2002. In the U.K, the book went on to be short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and win a Branford Boase Award for a first best novel. And in the United States, it was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an ALA Book of the Year, among its many accolades.

One of Brooks' favorite genres is the detective novel, and this shows in his writing, "I think my awareness of plot comes from having read a lot of crime fiction. When Martyn Pig came out, the reviewers were saying things such as 'well plotted' novel. I found that surprising because I didn't have any idea that I could plot or structure a story. I do plan, but I'm not consciously aware that I'm building a plot that creates good suspense; it comes naturally because I've soaked myself in those sorts of plots."

Why did he decide to write for children? "There are not many differences, I don't think, between writing for children and writing for adults," Brooks says, "because children aren't that different from adults. But I would say the story is the main thing, with children. With adults you might use different styles and structures, perhaps indulge in fiddly niceties. Writing for children brings you down to basics."

In 2015 his novel THE BUNKER DIARY was the controversial winner of the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal. Brooks was previously shortlisted three times for the award with, MARTYN PIG, THE ROAD OF THE DEAD and BLACK RABBIT SUMMER. Kevin lives in North Yorkshire.

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Featured books by Kevin Brooks

Dogchild

Dogchild

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The breathtaking new novel from award-winning author Kevin Brooks.

Other books by Kevin Brooks

Lucas (2019 reissue)

Lucas (2019 reissue)

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

A stunning edition of Kevin Brooks' celebrated novel - a truly original, powerful and emotional story from the author of The Bunker Diary. 'It gets to you ... you want to tell everyone how good it is.' SUNDAY TIMES 'A particularly moving and unusual love story.' GUARDIAN 'A gripping story' FINANCIAL TIMES Caitlin's life changes from the moment she sees Lucas walking across the causeway one hot summer's day. He is the strangest, most beautiful boy she has ever seen - and when she meets him, her world comes alive. But to others, he quickly becomes an object of jealousy, prejudice and hatred. Caitlin tries to make sense of the injustice that lurks at every unexpected twist and turn, until she realises that she must do what she knows in her heart is right.

Dogchild

Dogchild

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

THE BREATHTAKING NEW NOVEL FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR KEVIN BROOKSJeet was raised by a pack of wild dogs. Recaptured and 'rehumanised', Jeet now lives with the last of his people in an ancient walled town in the vast expanse of the Deathlands, besieged by a much larger enemy clan. They are preparing for the final battle and it's Jeet's task to record the events. But Jeet is struggling to come to terms with his half-human, half-dog identity. Can the impending conflict, and his relationship with another rehumanised dogchild, shed any light on what it takes to be a survivor?Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of many acclaimed award-winning young adult novels, including Martyn Pig, Lucas, Kissing The Rain, The Road of the Dead, Black Rabbit Summer and iBoy. He now lives in North Yorkshire. The Bunker Diary won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014.

Dogchild

Dogchild

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The breathtaking new novel from award-winning author Kevin Brooks.

Born Scared

Born Scared

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

The much anticipated follow-up title from the multi-award winning author of The Bunker Diary, recipient of the 2014 Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for young adults. Elliot is terrified of almost everything. From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day. It's Christmas Eve, there's a snowstorm and Elliot's medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She'll only be 10 minutes - but shen she doesn't come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles... Born Scared joins the ranks of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of A Funny Story, and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why as an example of teen fiction offering a frank and intelligent portrait of mental illness. Kevin Brooks was born in 1959. His first novel, Martyn Pig, was shortlisted for a 2002 Carnegie Medal and won the 2003 Branford Boase Award. His second novel, Lucas, won the 2004 North East Book Award. In 2014 his novel The Bunker Diary was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Kevin lives in North Yorkshire.

Johnny Delgado

Johnny Delgado

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Life on Johnny's estate is hard. When he decides to become a detective, he thinks he's got it all figured out - there's sure to be loads of cases just begging to be investigated. But things start to spin out of control when he gets tangled up with the local gangs, and even more when he discovers the name of someone who might have killed his father. Johnny is on a quest for the truth, but can he discover it before the gangs of the estate take over? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Danger Game

The Danger Game

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Fourteen-year-old Travis Delaney is trying to get his life back on track following the crash that killed his parents last summer. The police called it an accident, but Travis knows better. His parents were on to something, and whatever they were investigating . . . ended with their murder. Since Travis's Grandad took over Delaney and Co, things have finally started to look up. But when his private investigation partner, Courtney, is attacked following a routine inquiry into a local business, Travis can't help but get involved, even though he's supposed to be focusing on his own investigation into thefts at school. But what he discovers draws him into more danger than he ever could have imagined. Tangled up in a web of gang warfare, dirty police and secret organisations, Travis needs to find a way out. But at the heart of it all is a traitor. Someone close to Travis. Someone he's supposed to trust. But trust is a dangerous thing.

Lucas

Lucas

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

'I saw his pale blue eyes, his fleeting presence . and then the air started moving again.' Caitlin's life changes when she sees Lucas through a shimmering haze of heat. He's the most beautiful boy and her world comes alive. But to others, Lucas is a stranger to the island. An outsider. Someone to hate. In the end, Caitlin must make a choice. And it must be what's right. It gets to you . you want to tell everyone how good it is. SUNDAY TIMES A moving and unusual love story . GUARDIAN SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN FICTION AWARD

Candy

Candy

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

'It's hard to imagine life before Candy .' Joe is hooked the moment he sees her. Something catches his eye: her hair, her smile or just the way she's standing. When they chat, there's an instant connection, but can what he's feeling be this sweet? When the bitter truth about Candy's world comes out, Joe must decide if love is worth fighting for. Get this book. IRISH TIMES A story as sharp as the title is sweet. GUARDIAN Passion and a nail-biting adventure. SUNDAY TIMES

The Ultimate Truth Travis Delaney Investigates

The Ultimate Truth Travis Delaney Investigates

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

When Travis Delaney's parents die in a car crash, Travis is devastated. In a bid to pull himself out of his grief, he starts to look into the last case they were investigating at the private investigation agency they ran. What starts as a minor distraction soon becomes a sinister, unbelievable mystery - and Travis is determined to solve it. Why were his parents looking for a missing boy when the boy's family says he isn't missing? Where is the boy himself? And why would a man who is in surveillance photos taken by Travis's parents turn up at their funeral? As Travis searches for answers, he starts to have the chilling realization that the question he should be asking is the one he most wants to avoid: Was the accident that killed his parents really what it seemed? An intriguing, exciting adventure from a master of suspense.

Bloodline

Bloodline

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2012

New edition of a tense teen thriller from bestselling author Kevin Brooks. Finbar's day gets considerably more exciting when a crazy girl bursts into his house, with a gun and a bag full of cash. Who is she? And what has she done? Tense teen thriller. Particulalry suitable for reluctant,struggling and dyslexic teen readers.

Like Father, Like Son: Johnny Delgado

Like Father, Like Son: Johnny Delgado

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Johnny Delgado returns in the new edition second instalment from Kevin Brooks about the teenage detective. When Johnny got wrapped up in gang business by accident, he had no idea he'd be given the name of someone who might have killed his father. Now, Johnny is on a quest for the truth, but can he and his mum discover it before the gangs of the estate run wild and take over? New edition of this teriffic crime novel from a much loved award-winning author. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic teens.

Private Detective Johnny Delgado

Private Detective Johnny Delgado

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

The new edition of Kevin Brooks' first introduction to Johnny Delgado, the teenage private detective. Johnny wants to be a detective, and he's got it all figured out. So what is he to do when two of the most beautiful girls in the world give him a job to investigate? Investigate it of course. But quickly things spin out of Johnny's control, and he gets tangled up with the local gangs. Can he work out how he's ended up in this mess? New edition of this terrific crime novel from a much loved award-winning author. With a reading age of 8+, this is particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic teen readers.

iBoy

iBoy

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

An electrifying novel from the Carnegie medal-winning Kevin Brooks. Now a Netflix movie starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones). Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy. But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it's having an extraordinary effect... Because now Tom has powers. The ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine. And with incredible power comes knowledge - and a choice. Seek revenge on the violent gangs that rule his estate and assaulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet? Tom has control when everything else is out of control. But it's a dangerous price to pay. And the consequences are terrifying. . . 'A compulsive, atmospheric mystery' Sunday Times 'A masterly writer, and this book would put many authors of 'grown up' detective fiction to shame' Mail on Sunday Kevin Brooks is the award-winning author of nine gripping teenage novels, usually with a thrilling detective twist. His novels, Being, Black Rabbit Summer, Killing God (published as Dawn in the USA) and Naked are also available from Penguin. Kevin's brand new novel, The Bunker Diary, will be published in 2013. If you enjoyed iBoy and want to get inside more of your favourite books, then check out spinebreakers.co.uk for exclusive author interviews, competitions, and much more.

Black Rabbit Summer

Black Rabbit Summer

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2008

Pete Boland was busy doing nothing that summer. Long, stiflingly hot, lazy days stretched ahead of him. Then she called. 'Listen, Pete ...you know that funfair, up at the recreation ground ...I thought we could all meet up ...You know, for old times' sake.' But, where there are old times, there are old tensions. And as secrets, bitterness and jealousies resurface, five old friends are plunged into the worst night of their lives...Teenage readers will find it impossible to tear themselves away from this dark, tense and gripping new novel from award-winning Kevin Brooks.

Johnny Delgado Like Father, Like Son

Johnny Delgado Like Father, Like Son

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2006

A gang war is about to blow Johnny's estate apart. But he's got problems of his own. Like finding the man who killed his father. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Kissing the Rain

Kissing the Rain

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2006

Moo Nelson walks through life alone with his eyes down, avoiding the rain - being pushed and laughed at by others - and wishing things were different. Until the night he sees a car chase - and a murder ... Or does he? What is the truth and who wants to know? It seems a lot of people do - the police, the lawyers, the bullies at school, and one very bad guy indeed. Moo must decide between truth and lies and he must do it soon, before someone else gets hurt ...

Candy

Candy

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2006

Joe is hooked from the moment he sees Candy. What is it that catches his eye? Is it her hair, her smile, or just the way she's standing? When they chat over coffee there's an instant attraction, but can love ever be this sweet? As the bitter truth about Candy's dangerous world emerges, Joe must decide if love and hope are worth fighting for.

Martyn Pig

Martyn Pig

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2006

With his father dead, Martyn has a choice. Tell the police what happened - and be suspected of murder. Or get rid of the body and get on with the rest of his life. Simple, right? Not quite. One story leads to another. Secrets and lies become darker and crazier. And Martyn is faced with twists and turns that leave him reeling. Life is never easy. But death is even harder.

Johnny Delgado Private Detective

Johnny Delgado Private Detective

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2006

When Johnny Delgado decided to become a private detective, it seemed like such a good idea at the time - gorgeous girls in need of help, wads of cash. But when you live in a council estate as rough as his, things soon become a little too interesting. He soon finds himself out of his depth and in big trouble. This is an electric read, crackling with attitude, adrenalin - and addictive to the last page.

I See You, Baby...

I See You, Baby...

Author: Kevin Brooks, Catherine Forde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2005

Sally and Keith have one thing in common - they are both fed up with who they are, so taking on new identities and becoming VIPs at this year's Rock Out festival seems an ideal escape from their everyday lives. When they meet, they like each other..but what will happen when Keith finds out Sally isn't a famous stylist and when Sally finds out that Keith, although Dead Holes' biggest fan, isn't actually their lead singer! A gripping funny and real romance.

Martyn Pig

Martyn Pig

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2004

A rollercoaster of deceit, mystery and betrayal - Martyn Pig loves detective stories, but never meant to end up starring in one himself! What's the hook? An intriguing back-to-front murder mystery story. Tension and comedy ensure that both boy and girl readers are equally hooked. What are the themes? Death, growing up, responsibility, bullying, loyalty and relationships. Teaching points? Ideal for class reading in mixed-ability classes. An excellent springboard into explorations of narrative composition, the conventions of mystery and suspense novels, and introduction to black comedy.

Bloodline

Bloodline

Author: Kevin Brooks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2004

Gilmour Black's Saturday night in is turned upside down with the arrival of a glamorous girl with a gun. This is a fast-paced, compulsive read. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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