June 2014 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+
Award-winning David Almond briefly tells a story which packs a big punch. Locally, known as the Bad Lads the boys from Felling are not really bad – just football mad and a bit cheeky and mischief- making. But, led by Joe who is older and whom they much admire, they begin to do nasty hurtful things. When new boy, Klaus Vogel from East Germany turns up, he shows the Bad Lads the importance of thinking for themselves. One boy’s courage leads the lads to break free. An excellent and easy-to-read story.
Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+