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'. . . all I can see is kids being nasty to each other and parents hurting their kids and teachers shouting at kids. 'Yes, racism and bullying, child abuse and neglect, plus disillusionment with the way schools are - they're all skilfully blended into this tale inspired by a writer's residency in Doncaster. The grim lives of the main pupil characters ring many bells and it's refreshing to see teachers given a human face. As a realistically modern school story, it's a far cry from 'Chalet School' and maybe a more depressing read!