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Mark, Eric, Alex, Judith and Corcas all come from different backgrounds yet their lives are linked one May Bank Holiday weekend. The girls have been left spending the holiday at their boarding school and the boys from the Approved school next door have absconded intending to find Mark's Dad, Eric's home and a bit of fun. Each child feels parental neglect for one reason or another and coincidences abound. The boys manipulate and lie trying to escape and the girls get drawn into this complex web. The social differences between them are worthy of discussion but the storyline, although fast-moving in the latter part of the book, is only just strong enough to get the reader past a rather slow beginning. Try to persevere though, it's worth it.