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Blade: Playing Dead

Written by Tim Bowler

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Totally gripping teens thriller written in a direct and compelling style. Tough kid Blade wants no one to know him. He’s a loner and wants to keep it that way. It’s the best way to keep out of trouble. But Blade gets caught up in someone else’s trouble and Blade has to make some compromises…The first in a pacey new series set against a dark face of contemporary urban life.

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The Lovereading comment:

The first in a compelling new series and yet another captivating creation from the very talented author Tim Bowler. The story combines an enormously likable and engaging central character with the harsh realities of street life and the youth gang culture that is so customary in today's news. Blade will be a fascinating new series and is predicted to be an enormous success. Make sure you check out the second in the series Blade: Closing In and Blade: Breaking Free, released in January.

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Blade: Playing Dead Synopsis

So what am I going to tell you? Not much so don't get excited. You probably want to know my name. Well, that's a bit of a problem. I got loads. But there is one name I like. Everybody called me it in the old days. No one does now cos no one in this city knows it. And that's fine. I don't like to remember. But I do like the name. You can use it if you want. BLADE. From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of River Boy, Starseeker and Frozen Fire comes something completely different - the first title in a startlingly compelling new series. Contemporary, pacy, and utterly gripping, Blade takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the secret, dangerous life of its unforgettable narrator. The mysteries and cliffhanger endings of these short, accessible books will have the power to tempt all readers as they gradually become absorbed into Blade's dangerous world.

Blade: Playing Dead Press Reviews

'Tim Bowler is master of the psychological thriller' The Sunday Telegraph

'...gasp-inducing chapter ends... capacity to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.' The Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780192754844
Publication date: 01/05/2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192754844
Publication date: 1st May 2008
Author: Tim Bowler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers

About Tim Bowler

Tim was our Guest Editor in February 2011. Click here to see his selections.   Tim Bowler is one of the UK’s most compelling and original writers for teenagers. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea and after studying Swedish at University he worked in forestry, the timber trade, teaching and translating before becoming a full-time writer. He lives with his wife in a small village in Devon and his workroom is an old stone outhouse known to friends as ‘Tim’s Bolthole’. Tim has written eighteen books and won fifteen awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for ...

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