Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks

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Recommended by Jessica Shaw

Form and genre: Young Adult Fiction

Length: 256 pages

Summary: Martyn has to decide whether or not to tell the police about the death of his father. And cope with his new life alone.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Contains graphic depiction of violence and death, a corpse, child neglect and grief. Would recommend for Year 9 and above.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: Brilliantly written – highly rich, literary language. Complex unreliable narrator.

Other useful information: This used to be on the AQA set text list for GCSE.