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Ayla is trapped deep underground in a small, tight space, in stifling, hot darkness. It’s a nightmarish situation. She has no idea how or why she is there, and things get worse still when a pack of vile, goblin-like creatures arrive to torment her.
A quality road story, this engrossing novel is a fine achievement from a skilled writer still young in years but already achieving much in his previous two published stories.
Wilf is around 13 and light-fingered with it, can break into a Saab 9.5 estate, get it started, drive it dangerously fast. He’s security conscious – he’s interested in breaking and entering. Sometimes he’s been caught, and now he’s in the last chance saloon as far as his probation order is concerned.
(Barrington Stoke Ltd)
If you want a guide to teenage mean streets then Kevin Brooks is your man. In this short novel, in Barrington Stoke dyslexia-friendly format, 15 year old Jack traces his gradually souring fascination with charismatic, and border-line psychotic, Dean.