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Buddy (Puffin Teenage Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 29 Sep 1994


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (29 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140371761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140371765
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria Morris on 25 Nov. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nigel Hintons "Buddy" is the first installment in a remarkable trilogy following the journey of Buddy Clark an ordinary schoolboy. Things start to turn haywire when his mum decides her future lays outside the boundaries of her home. Terry (Buddy's dad)is always busy with his new suspicioous job. Buddy soon finds himself involved with the mysterious happenings of 56 Croxley street and nothing seems to go accoding to plan. Buddy's life is on the down side at the moment and he has no-where or no-one to turn to can his friends Julius and Charmain help him through this difficult time? Can they teach him to understand that he is not alone.
Hinton lets you escape from the real world only to find that you are as much involed with Buddy's. He helps you to understand the characters feelings and the pressure they are under. Naturally sending a shiver down your spine at every tense moment.
Buddy's Blues and Buddy's Song follow the superb Buddy story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Davies on 3 Feb. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Buddy" a novel by Nigel Hinton
This 1982 classic "Buddy" by Nigel Hinton is a superb novel of wonderfully described and well-put together English literature, in which Hinton uses the bases of his storyline as a way of tricking you and feeling sympathetic for Buddy the character i.e. climax, anti-climax and using the third person omniscient, in the past tense to describe Buddy the character's dark and confused life. The basic, but then again very structured and complicated storyline/idea is set in the 1970's in a London suburb, about a boy called Buddy who is very paranoid i.e. every thing goes wrong as a result of him thinking that he's going to die or something wrong will happen.
Nigel portrays Buddy's character, as a lonely, very emotional, confused teenager who wears ragged clothes, freckly with short brown hair and lives with his Dad (Parents had split up). How can life get anymore depressing, well funnily enough it can, when Buddy's Dad, Terry, and Des King (his boss) get involved in a so-called job....!
It's a hard life for Buddy especially at school where he has only two black friends and teachers pick on him, he hates life...well he will certainly hate it when he finds out about the people and the consequences involved with his dad at 56 Croxley Street and the so-called job. This Novel is very genuine with a very convincing storyline with dark emotional characters portraying a very confused atmosphere. I quite like this book because it is very realistic it tells you life "as it is" real social-life. I'd give this book 8 out of 10. I'd urge to read this fictional masterpiece. "SUPERB!"
By J. M. A. Davies
From: Brewood, Staffordshire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 May 2002
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Young Buddy lives at home with his parents until his mum and dad go their own ways.Buddy's father has been involved in crime before and Buddy is scared that his family will fall apart once again.After Buddy's mother leaves,him and his dad seem to be coping O.K but Buddy grows suspicious when his father comes home one night bleeding dreadfully.Buddy's father is involved in crime and Buddy intends to get him out of it.It is a worrying time for Buddy and he ends up hiding out in Croxley Street with his father's friend...'The Beast'.He is a strange character but Buddy takes pity on him being alone,and keeps him company.
Buddy's father is a bit of a selfish man but he looks after Buddy when he needs to most.A great book by Nigel Hinton and one that i would definately recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 1999
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A story of a young lad who lived with his parents and had trouble at school and in the home. In this story a young lad called Buddy who experienced many traumas and hassles a boy of his age should never get. He has done many bad things and his parents suffered tremendously which emotionally has affected Buddy and the reader can tell by the way he acts and treats others. His many bad things came with good things as well but some of the facts he didn't face.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joy on 18 Feb. 2003
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From reading Buddy I have seen that his life is a mess but it still amazes me that Nigel Hinton can make such a abnormal situation become so normal and be able to touch you as you read it. All the pane and sadness that Buddy and his family go through seems to relate to me in a wierd sort of way. Nigel Hinton makes characters come alive. I have never been bullied myself, but I am feeling every moment of hurtfullness that Buddy is going through. This book is simply the best I have read!
Well done Nigel Hinton!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chantelle on 18 Feb. 2003
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In the book Buddy, I feel that Nigel Hinton has expressed the character's feelings very well, by using descriptive language. I thought that this book brought to life real family circumstances and makes you feel as if you are in the story.
Buddy's teenage problems grip the reader and this amazing first part of the trilogy will really grasp your attention.
Whenever Buddy's in trouble Julius and Charmian are there to help. Buddy shoplifts and I wonder, will he turn into a real thief? Well you'll have to read the book to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2002
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Nigel Hinton’s Buddy is the first instalment in a dazzling trilogy telling the story of a teenage boy and the troubled life that he leads.
Buddy is plagued by troubles and problems, starting off when his parents’ marriage breaks down after years of arguments. He doesn’t like school and is often in trouble with the teachers. Everyday, he wishes his Mum would come back and everything would be all right again. However, at least he has his close friends, Jules and Charmian to talk to. And then there’s a mysterious house in Croxley Street to contend with; but what is so mysterious about it..?
Nigel Hinton tells this novel superbly and manages to delve into the teenage mind effectively. It is highly enjoyable and should be recommended for anyone twelve years old and over. Hinton succeeds in capturing the raw emotions of a teenager, and tackles issues that really do happen. Buddy is and excellent real-life experience and puts flesh on the bones of the characters, And, to add to that, it is in the elite band of books that you just can’t put down.
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