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Shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize and One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012
An outstanding book for all teen readers, Bullet Boys is a gripping, desperate story about boys, girls, guns and choices. Gentle Alex, son of a gamekeeper, is a crack shot. He knows all about guns; their danger and their value. Calm, sensible Levi knows nothing of guns but is good with girls and needs money. Rebel Max is fighting everything – including his family’s Army background. And Sasha? She’s just a very sane girl coping with teen parenthood, study and staying friends with her peer group. When they uncover a stash of hidden guns on an Army training base things get very dangerous indeed. It takes Alex’s very cool head to keep his friends safe! Ally Kennen has an exceptional gift for writing convincingly about teenagers, especially those who don’t conform.
Other titles from Julia Eccleshare's Stand-out Books for 2012 include...
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Goldilocks by Allan Ahlberg
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson
A Hen in the Wardrobe by Wendy Meddour
Alex, Levi and Max follow the young soldiers from the local army camp on the moor. But harmless rivalry develops into something far more incendiary. When the boys discover a cache of buried weapons near the training grounds, deadly forces are brought into play. This is an electrifyingly dark teen thriller from the author of Beast and Quarry.
'Bullet Boys is tense and exciting with a twisty-turny plot and characters you can believe in. It's also clever and provoking. What more could you want?' - The Bookbag
'Kennen has a hotline to all that is funniest, craziest, most dangerous and most creative about troubled teenagers' - The Times
More praise for Ally Kennen:
"Rings with talent and compelling detail" - The Times
"A chilling, atmospheric thriller" - The Bookseller
"As taut and exciting a thriller as anything likely to be published this year" - Books for Keeps
|Publication date:||5th January 2012|
|Publisher:||Marion Lloyd Books an imprint of Scholastic|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
Ally Kennen comes from a proud lineage of bare-knuckle boxers, country vicars and French aristocracy. She grew up in an isolated farm on Exmoor, with no flushing toilet, dead tadpoles in the taps, and annual rat infestations. The farm was a foster home to many children and teenagers. Ally has worked as a classroom assistant, nursery nurse, museum guard and archaeologist. She is also a professional singer. Ally lives in Somerset with her husband, small daughter, smaller son and baby four chickens and a curmudgeonly cat. No woman has ever beaten Ally in an arm wrestle. In ...More About Ally Kennen