In this British import, a teen goes to great lengths to keep anyone from discovering that he and his little brother have been abandoned by their alcoholic mother.
Recommended grade level: 6 and up
Pages: 302 (for ISBN 9780738736426)
Genre(s) and keywords: realistic, British
Tone/Style: humorous, distressed
Topics: alcoholism, siblings, contests, survival, cons
Themes: family, trust, responsibility
Summary: How far would you go to keep your family together?
Meet Laurence – fifteen years old and six feet tall – he’ll dress up as his mum and impersonate a dead man on the radio. Meet Jay – his six year old brother. He looks like an angel but thinks he’s a dog. He’ll sink his teeth into anyone who gets in the way.
Today is Tuesday – and the next fifteen days will change the boys’ lives for ever… (Source) Continue reading