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Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between A-grade student and violent bully Dane Washington and Billy D, a new and younger kid on the block who has Down’s syndrome, turns out to be vital for both of them. Dane is able to show the better side of himself through his care of Billy D. and Billy D has a special job – finding his father – that he needs Dane to help him with. The two boys set off on a road trip in search of one father that leads both to a better understanding of both of their relationships with their fathers – and of taking personal responsibility.
Dane Washington and Billy D couldn't be more different. Dane is clever and popular, but he's also a violent rebel. Billy D has Down's Syndrome, plays by the rules and hangs out with teachers in his lunch break. But Dane and Billy have more in common than they think - both their fathers are missing. Maybe they'll just have to suck up their differences and get on with helping each other find some answers.
Powerful, funny, moving - the ultimate coming-of-age novel.
Teens love to read and a small number of our reader review panel members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title.
‘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, Goodreads.com
‘'What an incredible, poignant and affecting debut novel.’ Jake Hope, Children's Librarian and Blue Peter judge
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber
|Publication date:||3rd July 2014|
|Author:||Erin Jade Lange|
|Publisher:||Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners, Books for Boys|
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.More About Erin Jade Lange