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.