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Five Hundred Miles

Written by Kevin Brooks

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Featured Books for 13+ readers

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June 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen,  Reading Age 8

In a Nutshell: mysteries – urban jungle - escape

With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with a slice of the life of a singular young man. Cole and his brother Ruben live in East London, as much a part of the landscape as the sooty railway bridges and flat grey sky. A chance encounter in the Live and Let Live pub with a girl who resembles their dead sister, and a monkey, a sudden act of violence, and the four of them are in a car and heading to Scotland. At times chilling, with a palpable sense of foreboding, the book ends on a note of pure joy. Despite its short extent, there’s a real depth to the story and while Brooks deliberately leaves questions about characters unanswered, readers will understand them completely at the book’s close. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Five Hundred Miles Synopsis

For brothers Cole and Ruben it's another rainy morning in the badlands of East London, selling dodgy paperwork for even dodgier motors. But arriving in a grimy pub on their latest errand, the brothers stumble across a trio of gangsters, a beautiful young girl and a monkey in a cage - and their entire day is knocked off course. They soon find themselves fleeing in a hot-wired car, girl and chattering monkey in tow, surrounded by police. Their final destination: Oban, five hundred miles north, where they hope to find sanctuary.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Five Hundred Miles Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sidney Greenslade, age 12 - 'Five Hundred Miles is a wonderful book about two brothers, a mysterious girl, a gang of gangsters and a simply adorable monkey. Highly recommended.'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 12 - 'I think this is an amazing book which keeps the reader on the edge of their seat all the way through. The plot is quite gripping and the tension builds
  • Traviss Chaytors, age 12 - 'An unusual and different story but a really good read.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 13 - 'This book is about two brothers who help a girl and a monkey out of a bad situation....I like the plot but I definitely think there should be a sequel.'
  • Adam Goodman, age 13 - 'A simple, quick and easy read. I enjoyed reading it but the storyline was quite basic.'
  • Jamie Bamford, age 12 - 'Five Hundred Miles is a spectacular book.  You can’t help but love the characters as soon as you meet them.  I definitely recommend to 11+.'
     

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ISBN: 9781781125403
Publication date: 15/05/2016
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781125403
Publication date: 15th May 2016
Author: Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 88 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children, Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly

About Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He has worked 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. Photo credit Nadja Meister

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