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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Book Review for Malarkey by Keith Gray

ISBN: 0 09 9439441
Publisher: A Red Fox Book by Random House Children's Books
Website: www.kidsatrandomhouse.co.uk
Copyright © Keith Gray 2003
Author Website: keith-gray.com
197 Pages, Paperback

"The wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time"… John Malarkey, 16 years old, two weeks at a new school, mid-term, and his life seems to fall apart. With the threat of exclusion and worse hanging over him, he moves through the periphery of school life trying to work out the who, the why and most importantly for him the "why me?".

Set in the English school system and describing budding teenage gangsters, bullying, money making schemes and a teaching staff that has little time to listen and even less idea as to what is going on under their noses.

The characters, plot and descriptions are so well written and believable and most especially the narrative of John Malarkey as he spends 24 hours trying to clear himself of the crimes he has been falsely accused.

This story is enthralling. I could not stop reading and was disappointed when it finally came to an end, because it came to an end! I just wanted it to go on and on. A very good read in the Adolescent/Young Adult genre.

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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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