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Thicker Than Water

Written by Anne Cassidy

Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction

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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 - In three words: violence – love - tragedy

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is the inspiration for Anne Cassidy’s novel and she follows the original very closely.  George is a young man struggling to make a life for himself while caring for his child-like cousin Lennie. The setting is now the south coast of England, where George gets by working as a DJ in pubs, and the bleak cash in hand, hand to mouth existence rings very true. Just as in Steinbeck’s original, as things seem to be on the up, Lennie does something truly terrible forcing George to take action. Cassidy depicts a world where love and violence are inextricably linked, where family loyalty is paramount, and in which George and Lennie’s lives are mapped out for them. A spare, thought-provoking reworking of a classic. ~ Andrea Reece

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

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*** Announcing the first-ever dyslexia-friendly edition of a classic novel: John’s Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men — the inspiration for Anne Cassidy’s Thicker Than Water. Of Mice and Men, the powerful story of tragedy and beauty, critically acclaimed across the world and studied in UK schools at GCSE level, will now be available in an accessible format for all readers.


Thicker Than Water Synopsis

George dreams of an easy life, a little record business, enough money to get by. But it's hard when he has Lennie to look after too. Lennie's not quite right, he's got a way of getting into scrapes, and he doesn't know his own strength. For now, their best option is to hole up with Billy and his dodgy business and hope they can stay long enough, this time, to get some money put by. But wherever Lennie is, trouble is never very far away...

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

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ISBN: 9781781125113
Publication date: 15/05/2016
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781125113
Publication date: 15th May 2016
Author: Anne Cassidy
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 88 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Super-readable Dyslexia-friendly

About Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award.  As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says, ‘People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in ...

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