A knife is a deadly weapon. Paul Varderman knows that. Well, he does now....
Paul could be at any normal school - bullies, girls and annoying teachers are just part of life. Unfortunately 'normal' doesn't apply when it comes to the school's most evil bully, Roth, a twisted thug with an agenda quite unlike anyone else. When Paul delivers a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a terrible rivalry. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but then Roth hands him a knife....
A tense, chilling novel for older children about the terrible consequences of peer pressure and violence.
Gory? Absolutely. But it definitely kept my son bemused, which says something for the power of the spoken book on a roadtrip! He loved it!
Ok, so I wrote this book, and therefore have a vested interest, but I just wanted to say what a superb job the narrator, Will Thorp does. He completely brings the story alive. The characters are subtly differentiated, and he never lets the narrative flag. Hearing the book gave me a completely different perspective on the book, really punching home both the virtues (it definitely has a real emotional impact) and the flaws (too much philosophising). So, once again, well done to Will for a great piece of work.