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Publication Date: 2 Jan 2014
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)
AR: 4.6 UY
RRP £7.99 Save 26%
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A boy is dragged into violence through the school bully
Paul Varderman could be at any normal school - bullies, girls and annoying teachers are just a part of life. Unfortunately 'normal' doesn't apply when it comes to the school's most evil bully, Roth, a twisted and threatening thug with an agenda quite unlike anyone else.
When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but when Roth hands him a knife it both empowers him and scares him at the same time ...This thought-provoking and original novel highlights the terrible consequences of peer pressure and violence, and casts a spotlight on the worrying rise in knife crime among teenagers.
Adapted into a film in 2013.
NOTE : Includes an episode where the 'freaks' as the main charcater calls them smoke dope; an episode where one character self-harms and various scenes of violence. One of the characters is knifed and dies.