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This is a stunning piece of writing for young teenagers. Part-action, part family drama the plot cleverly interweaves two stories. The first is of two brothers who with their mother are on a trip of a lifetime in the frozen arctic north. The second is the story of their older teenage stepsister who is coming to terms with the reappearance of her mother in her life. Doyle weaves a brilliant portrait of family life, love and loss. It’s Doyle at his exciting best.
Suddenly, Johnny and Tom were moving, fast. They were gliding over the snow, behind eight dogs. Out the gate – and they saw more snow than they’d ever seen before.
More snow than they’d ever imagined.
Johnny had to do it.
He had to shout – it was so exciting
And Tom joined in, like an echo.
|Publication date:||3rd September 2007|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
Roddy Doyle was our Guest Editor in October 2011. Click here to see his book selection. Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His first novel, The Commitments, was published to great acclaim in 1987 and was made into a globally successful film by Alan Parker. The Snapper was published in 1990 and has also been made into a film, directed by Stephen Frears. The Van was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize and made into a film also by Stephen Frears. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, which won the Booker Prize in 1993, has been published in over twenty languages.In 1994 he wrote the ...More About Roddy Doyle