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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
What the judges said: This is a story of family life, rendered more chaotic than ever by the arrival of a self-obsessed stranger.
Mark demonstrates her unerring ability to unpick the strands of everyday living and make the ordinary appear extraordinary.
The story is told with wry wit and humour, employing sharp irony and masterful dialogue.
A tale of how a family becomes entangled in the turbulent lives of another. It's a normal family of sorts - and then another 'normal' family moves into the street and things become weird. The Stranger Who Nearly destroyed My Life would be a good title for a film of what happened next... but would anyone dare to watch it?
|Publication date:||17th November 2005|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division|
|Suitable for:||YA readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
Jan Mark was born in Hertfordshire during the Second World War. She would have been born in London, but her mother had been evacuated. She moved around a lot as a child, and ended up in Oxford. Sadly, she died suddenly from meningitis on 16 Jan 2006.Jan Mark was one of the most distinguished authors of books for young people. She was twice awarded the Carnegie Medal for her novels Thunder and Lightnings and Handles; and also won the Penguin Guardian Award, the Observer Teenage Fiction Prize and the Angel Award for Fiction. Click here to see more of ...More About Jan Mark
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